VERONA, NJ - Saturday, The New Jersey Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be marching in Verona Park at 10am. The group is inviting any interested mothers and their families to march alongside them at this pre-Mother’s Day event. To symbolize the eight children who are killed by gun violence in the United States every day, participants are encouraged to bring eight real or homemade paper flowers to carry along with them.
The group will first meet at the front of Verona Park near Bloomfield Avenue by the footbridge where they will read the Moms Demand Action’s Mother's Bill of Rights and then begin a short walk through the park.
North Caldwell's Mandi Perlmutter along with Kristin Wald and Jaime Bedrin, both of Montclair, co-chair the NJ Chapter.
The Mother’s Bill of Rights reads as follows:
We, as mothers, have the absolute right to protect our children from harm. We have the right to know our children are safe from gun violence, from the moment they leave our arms in the morning until they return home later in the day.
But the rights of American mothers are under attack by criminals, the gun lobby, and legislators who are unable to stand up for common-sense gun reforms. The right of mothers to protect our children shall not be infringed.
As mothers, we have the right to...
- Expect that assault weapons will remain in the hands of our military, not civilians.
- Preserve our children's innocence and shield them from gun violence in America, real and scripted.
- Demand that all public places remain “gun-free zones” except private homes and shooting ranges.
- Know our children are safe in their schools: any school, anywhere.
- Expect our teachers to be focused on teaching our children, not training to become armed guards.
- Demand that our government create the same strong regulations for guns as they have for toys, cars and food.
- Expect our leaders to put our children's safety above the profit and influence of the gun industry.
- Have access to complete, accurate information about the impact of gun violence on our families and communities.
- Hold our elected officials accountable for keeping our children safe from gun violence.
Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases.
Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition.
Make gun trafficking a federal crime with serious criminal penalties.
Counter gun industry lobbyists’ efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.
"The loss of a child never ceases for those who have been directly affected," commented Anna Sandler, from Maplewood who has signed-up to participate on Saturday. "There are eight children killed every single day to guns, and that is way, way too many. We need to enact stronger laws for the safety of children and families everywhere."
This event is part of the week-long, Moms Demand Action nationwide Mother’s Day campaign. According to the group, as part of the campaign, photographs of paper flowers will be emailed and hand-delivered to members of Congress, with the message, “You can have our flowers this Mother’s Day; we demand that our rights as mothers shall not be infringed,” along with a copy of the Mother’s Bill of Rights.
According to their website, the group was created to build support for common-sense gun legislation which began after the Newtown murders.
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America is a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.
Horrified and heartbroken by the events in Sandy Hook, mothers of the United States are coming together to fight for tougher gun control measures.
We were independently founded on Dec. 14, 2012. The group’s founder is Indiana mother of five Shannon Watts. Now thousands of moms have joined her. We’re growing by the day with more members and dozens of state and local chapters.
Together, we hope to prevent more moms from experiencing the pain and heartache of those moms in towns whose names are etched forever in our memories:
We understand the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms—just not ALL arms. Let’s make our country a better, less violent place for them. Moms Demand Action is unaffiliated with any other organization or political party.
As of May, the organization has more than 100,000 members in more than 90 local chapters in 40 states across the country.