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North Shore group organizes support of gun violence reduction

Posted by boston.com  January 18, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: 

Local mothers of the Massachusetts Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America from the North Shore area are organizing to support state and federal initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence. As part of this effort, an informational event will be held to discuss the public health dimensions of gun violence, and its effects on our children and our society. 

Speaking at the event will be Lynette Alamenddine, member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and mother to Ross Alamenddine, a victim of the massacre at Virginia Tech; Ann Marie Crowell, Founder of Mother on a Mission; Dr. Nancy Dodson, Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Ann Krantz, communications lead for the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

When: January 25th, 2:00pm

Where: Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly

Who: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Speakers: 
Lynette Alamenddine, member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and mother to Ross Alamenddine, a victim of the massacre at Virginia Tech; Ann Marie Crowell, Founder of Mother on a Mission; Dr. Nancy Dodson, Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Ann Krantz, communications lead for the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“I realized one year ago that Newtown could have just as easily been my town, and that those innocent children who were shot that day could have been my own girls,” said Wenham resident AnnKrantz. “We shouldn’t have to live in fear of sending our kids to school, somewhere they should be safe from guns. I had to act.” 

Krantz, a stay-at-home mom of two children, joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America–Massachusetts Chapter. She has connected with many like–minded moms, dads, grandmothers and concerned citizens here on the North Shore looking for a way to help stem the tide of gun violence in our communities.

“Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans every year, including more than 2,800 children and teenagers—that's nearly eight kids a day, an entire classroom of kids every three days,” said Ruth Filep, a local mom who works in the Danvers school system and active member of Moms Demand Action.

The North Shore moms make it clear that they are not trying to eliminate gun ownership, but instead seek common sense solutions to reducing violence, such as mandatory background checks for anyone purchasing a firearm. 

“I was appalled to learn how easy it is to purchase a gun in this country and how this results in the deaths of so many children,” said Krantz. “I want to share what I have learned with other moms so we can work together to make our voices heard and our children and communities safer.”

This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the public health aspects of the gun violence epidemic. For more information or to learn how to join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America contact Ann Krantz at akrantz.ma@gmail.com or visit www.momsdemandaction.org.         

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