Erin Dando was a mom living in South Carolina with her family five years ago when the shooting at Sandy Hook School took place. She recalled walking home with her children from school and for the first time feeling that her children might not be safe. The gun violence in Connecticut had an impact on her own family.
Erin found a Facebook group called Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. Through her outreach, she started the South Carolina chapter and after two years she applied for a job as an organizing manager. Moms Demand Action merged with Mayors Against Illegal Guns (founded by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006) and created Everytown for Gun Safety.
Erin’s involvement with Everytown enabled her to look at her own community and see how gun violence has unjustly affected women, children and people of color. She saw the injustices and the need. Everytown provided community for survivors.
Erin says gun violence prevention and safety has made progress in the past five years. No one was advocating for gun violence prevention laws in a way that resonated with Erin 5 years ago. Today, there are 50 chapters across the country advocating for gun safety and providing support for survivors of gun violence.
Everytown volunteers are gun violence prevention advocates standing up for common sense laws, calling, writing letters, meeting with legislators, both Democrats and Republicans. Erin says that every voice is important and each has a unique perspective.
On the fifth Anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 4 million supporters including mayors, moms, cops, teachers, doctors, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their communities safer.
Everytown has an education campaign called “Be Smart” calling for safe storage for guns, to make sure children are safe when they visit or live in a home with a gun. To show your support, please sign the Be Smart Pictition, Be Smart.
You can get involved or learn more by connecting with a chapter in your community. Check out the website, Everytown or through digital means, text Join 64433 to connect to local chapters. You can also follow Moms Demand Action and Everytown on Facebook and Twitter.