JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several hundred Missourians entered the state’s Capitol building to rally for what they consider common sense gun laws.
Moms Demand Action, a nationwide coalition with chapters throughout Missouri, gathered in Jefferson City for their annual lobbying day on Tuesday. Becky Morgan, leader of the Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action, emphasized the need for gun legislation that would make the state safer.
As a part of their efforts, Moms Demand Action gathers to support legislation that could help in promoting the cause of “common sense” gun laws. Morgan emphasized that this is done annually in order to keep local government aware of who they are and what they advocate for.
“The point is to show up each and every year to show our lawmakers that people care about this issue and that we have the momentum and the endurance to keep coming back here year after year,” said Morgan.
“We support common-sense gun safety policies that would reduce gun violence and save lives,” Morgan explained, “There’s one bill, in particular, House Bill 960, which would help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. We really support that bill and are talking about it with our legislators today.”
If put into effect, HB 960 would take guns away from citizens with a history of domestic abuse, as well as require police to remove any gun at the scene of domestic abuse. According to Morgan, support for the bill and Moms Demand Action has been encouraging for them, especially in relation to the past few years.
“We’ve had a lot of great support,” Morgan said. “I’ve been with the organization for six years since we started after Sandy Hook and we really need to see change on this issue in the Capitol. Lawmakers need to know who we are and really whole-heartedly support what we stand for. We know that we can support common sense solutions to reduce gun violence and support the second amendment at the same time.”
Resistance to the organization as a whole has not been fierce, according to Morgan, and when they do encounter resistance, they assure them of their similar beliefs and come to a compromise.
“I think that if we have any resistance in our conversation with lawmakers we just really reassure them that we support the second amendment but also common sense solutions to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like domestic abusers,” Morgan explained. “That should be something we can all agree on.”