Moms Demand Action Plans 2 Meetings On Gun Violence

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Verona resident Christine McGrath (right), the local co-leader of Moms Demand Action, at a seminar on gun violence in Livingston on Saturday.

Christine McGrath, a Verona resident who is the local group co-leader of Moms Demand Action, has let us know that there are two meetings coming up for people who want to work on a common-sense solution to gun violence in America.

On Thursday, March 1, there will be a session at 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair. (If you RSVP’d to a March 1 event at Holy Spirit in Verona, know that it has been moved to Montclair to accommodate a larger crowd.) There will also be a morning meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m., also at First Congregational. You can RSVP to either of these events through Moms Demand Action’s website here.

Moms Demand Action was founded in 2012 in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and it is modeled on the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Moms Demand Action supports the Second Amendment, but it believes that common-sense reforms like universal background checks can reduce gun violence.

McGrath says she got involved with Moms Demand Action after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016. “I thought that if I could donate any amount of time to work on a solution and advocate to my lawmakers that we want common-sense solutions to our gun violence problems I should do that,” she says. McGrath even dropped some of her many volunteer roles in Verona to make time for Moms Demand Action’s work.

Many other women have joined her since then. “We have had hundreds of people reach out to us in the last two weeks,” she says. “We are seeing unprecedented interest in getting involved, and we are very excited because we have a lot of work to do.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].

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