Taking on the National Rifle Association or NRA, one of the most well-funded, intimidating and recently turned extreme lobby groups in America sounds stressful at the very least, and putting your life on the line at most. It would make me eat all the chocolate!
In this inspiring interview, Shannon shares:
- How Sandy Hook changed the course of her life and how it’s the Moms leading the way with a new type of strength necessary for the world we live in today.
- The organizational mindset for when the Moms lose legislative battles. This philosophy is necessary for any of us trying to do hard, life changing things.
- How she found purpose, community and chutzpah in her activism, including the strength she gets from leaning into the horror of gun violence, and the health tools she uses so she doesn’t burn out and can continue to restore public and gun safety.
Before you learn more from this real life Wonder Woman in our episode, here’s more about Shannon:
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence.
The online conversation turned into grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than three million supporters.
In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization for recruiting and training women to run for office.
She’s been featured in Vogue, NPR, All Things Considered and People magazine.
Vogue: “Outraged over gun violence? Here’s how to take action” by Patricia Garcia, June 2, 2017
NPR, All Things Considered: “Gun safety advocates prepare for uphill battle in Trump era” April 28, 2017
People: “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts fights to keep the nation’s children safe” by KC Baker, December 30, 2016
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