Activist Shannon Watts’s work diary reveals how much she cares about protecting children from gun violence.
Shannon Watts founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the notorious Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in December 2012. At nearly six million supporters, the nonprofit “is among the most prominent gun-control organizations in the country,'' according to The New York Times.
Moms Demand Action has placed political pressure on elected officials to pass gun safety legislation in 20 states. The New York Times reports that “nine of those bills [were] signed into law by Republican governors.”
Watts has shaped the organization’s narrative in the same fashion as gun lobbyists.
Gun owners fear that tougher gun regulations translate to losing their Second Amendment rights. Similarly, Watts persuades mothers that the lack of legislation could result in “the worst fear imaginable: losing a child.”
Watts’ work diary reveals that in a three day period she will travel from Colorado to Boston then on to Rhode Island and San Francisco. Watts endures this rigorous schedule in order to provide education on red flag laws as well as attend rallies and events.
While she travels from place to place, she records podcasts, writes speeches and editorials, and even manages the Moms Demand Action social media accounts.
Shannon Watts is a woman who cares about her son and others’ children. Her interactions with victims and families of shootings weigh heavily on her mind.