Moms Demand Action will be serving more free lemonade in Morristown, on Aug. 20, 2013, to underscore its campaign for universal background checks for gun purchases.
The event is scheduled for 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in front of the Vail Mansion on South Street, the same location as last week’s protest.
Moms Demand Action was established in the wake of December’s massacre of children and teachers in Newtown, Conn.
The organization claims 100,000 members in 40 states. Lemonade stands are planned Tuesday for at least 26 locations nationwide, including Glen Rock, NJ.
Below is a statement from the group.
FROM MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA NJ CHAPTER
TO HOLD A LEMONADE STAND
Tells Congress “When Congress Gives Moms Lemons, We Make Lemonade: Get Back to Work on Gun Reform!”
Morristown, NJ; August 20, 2013– During Congress’ summer recess this August, members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be holding lemonade stands across the country to pressure Congress to pass background check legislation when they return in the fall. Moms Demand Action NJ will take part locally on August 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Vail Mansion, 110 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
“Congress gave America lemons in April when the Senate failed to pass common-sense legislation that would have expanded background checks on all gun sales. Moms were disappointed by the Senate’s failure to act, but we were not deterred, and we’re making lemonade out of the lemons we were given,” said Kristin Wald of the NJ Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our lemonade stands are our way of taking a stand: American moms demand new and stronger gun laws, and we’re not going away. Congress must act to protect our children and families from gun violence.”
In addition to Morristown, NJ, lemonade stands will be held in cities across the country, including Washington, DC; Tucson and Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; Atlanta and Savannah, GA; Indianapolis, IN; Fancy Farm, KY; Tampa, FL; Boston, MA; Charlotte, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Durham, NC; Glen Rock, NJ; Brooklyn, Rockland County and Hudson Valley, NY; Cleveland and Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Harrisburg, PA; Nashville, TN; Austin and Houston, TX; Falls Church, VA. Additional lemonade stand locations will be added throughout August. For more information on lemonade stand locations and times, go to: http://momsdemandaction.org/
“We are not going give up when it comes to passing common-sense legislation that will keep guns from criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill,” said House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson. “The only thing more shameful than the minority of the Senate voting down background check legislation is the House refusing to vote at all. The bipartisan background check bill I’ve introduced respects the Second Amendment and will save lives. It deserves a vote.”
Moms will be able to fill out postcards to their legislators at the lemonade stand asking Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen to commit to working on new and stronger gun laws when he returns from recess. In addition, all moms and members are being asked to share their “recipe” for lemonade with their members of Congress through social media.Lemonade recipe instructions can be found at http://momsdemandaction.org/
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to build support for common-sense gun legislation. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just seven months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with chapters in 40 states across the country.