Shannon Watts On Gun Control Movement, ‘We’re Winning’

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, believes her organization is gaining the upper hand. (Photo: Shannon Watts Facebook)

Shannon Watts believes the gun-ban lobby’s victory is all but inevitable.

Comparing the anti-gun movement to campaigns fighting tobacco and drunk driving, the founder of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action told Think Progress that the gun-banners are finally beginning to get the upper hand.

“We out-maneuvered the NRA at the midterm elections, for the first time ever. And that sends a strong a cultural signal,” she said.

In the interview/advertisement for her new book, Watts tells the story of an unassuming stay-at-home mom who unwillingly found herself at the forefront of the nation’s largest disarmament movement.

“Becoming an activist was certainly something I never saw myself doing,” she said. “I had absolutely no background in political activism or in gun violence prevention and yet I knew our nation was broken, I knew I had to do something and so many other women and moms felt the same way after Sandy Hook.”

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Asked what she’d like to communicate to other gun control activists, Watts responded, “We’re winning. People are waiting for this cathartic moment in Congress that hasn’t happened yet, but it’s so important to pay attention to the work that’s being done on the ground. We are winning in state houses and in board rooms.”

Not every state house. New Hampshire local media reports that one of the lobbyists for Everytown for Gun Safety, the organization that bankrolls Moms Demand Action, was arrested and charged with domestic violence-simple assault, false imprisonment, and criminal mischief. 

Police claim Robert Blaisdell, a managing partner for lobbying Demers, Blaisdell & Parsol Inc., locked a family member in a laundry room, stepped on the person’s hand, and destroyed their cell phone.

Still, despite what must be a setback in New Hampshire, Watts’ group has made headway in state legislatures across the country.

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With the help of Moms Demand Action, many states have passed or are considering “red flag laws,” including the historically pro-gun legislature in Florida. Red flag bills have been introduced in nearly every state, and pro-gun activists have had to scramble to defeat them.

Historically less gun-friendly states have passed even more draconian gun control measures. Washington, for example, recently passed ballot initiative I-1639, which raises the age to purchase a firearm, creates a registry of gun owners, establishes a 10-day waiting period for certain purchases, holds gun owners liable for failing to secure firearms, and allows the state to charge a $25 fee on the sale of “assault rifles.”

None of this is to say that Watts is right to claim, like Thanos, that her victory is inevitable or that her group can take credit for these anti-gun victories. But gun owners would be wise to pay careful attention to their state legislatures and be ready to take action when the Moms descend.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Kris December 25, 2019, 1:58 am

    Mrs. Watts, if you are so concerned about stopping Americans from dying from gun violence why haven’t you spoken out against the illegal and undeclared wars in the middle east and abroad? We have spent so much human life and taxpayer money which have not amount to much of anything except a sour reputation among our allies. You are a poser and nothing more.

  • Dan December 20, 2019, 2:45 pm

    I wonder what this lady is going to do when there are no firearms for protection and some burly gorilla invades her home and abuses her and her family. Will she be for gun control then?? I doubt it.

    The whole ball of wax is, when we the people are disarmed then the USA will be turned into another burned out communist country with everything good hard working Americans built turned into the likes of san francisco, l.a., etc. I wonder how many idiots like this lady realize this? They are unable to think for themselves.

  • Jim June 10, 2019, 11:01 am

    Right, Take a look at the gun confiscation programs. Almost nobody turns them in. You might feel good about laws that you pass, but little happens as a result of them. The bad guys will always have access to guns and you will turn more of us into lawbreakers. Also look at the number of states passing Constitutional Carry and liberalizing their conceal carry laws.

  • Jay June 8, 2019, 8:33 am

    Watts can’t see the lie she promotes which should tell everyone she’s just another brain washed idiot! There is no so called “gun violence” problem in America. All a person has to do is look at real statistics, more people die from automobile accidents, alcohol related, cancer, medical malpractice, drowning etc… the list goes on and on. Gun violence is just another lie to convince the brainless who have been dumbed down the last 50 years that they need to not have guns for their own satey!

  • Stan June 7, 2019, 7:06 pm

    She is only doing this to make MONEY ! Do you think she “runs” this stupid group for free. Al these “non-profit” groups exist because the ones at the top are paying themselves whatever they want.. Why do you think this stay at home mom does this? MONEY. Find out what she is paying herself and you have the answer.

  • Son_of_Liberty June 7, 2019, 11:28 am

    This is a battle that you don’t want to win Shannon.. Remember the sleeping giant.

  • hippybiker June 7, 2019, 10:57 am

    100,000 + Americans would vehemently argue with you! You dumb little Twat!

  • Michael June 7, 2019, 10:56 am

    Comments were for John 5 Article

  • Michael June 7, 2019, 10:54 am

    Paragraphs 2 and 3 have said it best. I could not do better.

  • Johnny Five June 7, 2019, 9:59 am

    To believe that in today’s jerry-meandered political elections our country can be saved through the ballot box, is a fool’s errand. Observe the emboldened Leftist activists and extremists, the imbeciles and craven narcissist Dilettantes being elected or perpetually re-elected to office by the American electorate.

    Time is on her side. The new generations are the key to the Leftist ultimate victory. We are dying out. Our numbers are dwindling down as Americans no longer marry nor have children. The ones that do mostly lose their children to the daily barrage of misinformation, half-truths, lies and omissions. Social Media and technology are at the front of conditioning our new generations.

    For decades, Influential institutions saturated with Leftists, also known as Progressives, have been successful in creating generations of non-thinking, self-absorbed, intellectual, emotional and physical weaklings. A virtual prison of dumb down intellect. These mindless, instant-gratification automatons are selfish, rude, arrogant, boastful, proud, disrespectful, ungrateful, undisciplined, slothful and completely obsessed with themselves. They have been conditioned to “respond to emotions” rather than engage in “critical thinking.” They are easily offended by everything and anything that contradicts their world view. The more expensive the education, the more the tendency to be narrow-minded and intolerant.

    America will someday be a mixture of multiple SciFi movies, novels and series… 1984, Blade Runner, Altered Carbon, The Expanse, The Hunger Games etc… You and I won’t see it but our children’s children will…

  • John June 7, 2019, 9:53 am

    I’m sure she believes in the woman’s right to choose!! ” RIGHT” Can some one explain something to me please. Abortion has murdered more people in this country than guns ever have. How can someone who advocates for doctors to murder babies after they are born claim to care about life??? and protecting human/civil rights?? Is it because we don’t hear there screams and see there pain on there faces? If you don’t believe me watch “THE SILENT SCREAM”. Is it because we don’t see the millions of burial sites across the country or is it because they are just thrown in the trash as medical waste??? The NAZI’S have nothing on us and its a crying shame! Where does this PERSON get her moral authority and gets to lecture us.

  • joefoam June 7, 2019, 9:37 am

    Propaganda works. Keep repeating the same lie and it eventually becomes the truth. The slobbering fools that support her believe every word that comes out of her mouth.

  • Jason Coffey June 7, 2019, 9:06 am

    By that she means leftists are now radical enough to sacrifice themselves doing mass shootings to help cram the gun bans thru! When Trump is re-elected in 2020 I expect Antifa to try to start a shooting war, they are being armed by Soros already.

  • AK June 7, 2019, 7:48 am

    If she wasn’t such a degraded, emaciated yenta she wouldn’t have to demand any action.

  • I Love Liberty June 3, 2019, 11:54 pm

    The socialists know they cannot implement their agenda without first taking away the private firearms. Never register your guns and do not give them up and be politically active and vote. Freedom is not free.

  • K LaFa May 31, 2019, 4:32 pm

    No shit head , the nation ain’t broken , you dumbass anti-American leftist’s are ……

  • Chick May 31, 2019, 12:21 pm

    No, Shannon, you are not. As a Life Member in the NRA and the TSRA, I donate money to educate people like you, everytime I see something like this.

  • Sepp W May 31, 2019, 5:33 am

    Again, Watts like the rest of her ilk, only believe there are no criminals, only crime. Instead of addressing the real issue, people, her kind go after intimate objects.

    Using the tired cliché of guns don’t kill people, people kill people, but guns can be used to kill people. So can cars, knives, bats, crow bars, hammers, and so forth be used to kill people.

    Instead of addressing a broken system that could or may prevent a prohibited person from obtaining or possessing a firearm and using it to commit a violent crime, they think abridging or denying rights of the people is correct.

  • Will Drider May 30, 2019, 4:39 pm

    Hillary “thought” She was winning, media across the board inflated that perspective. She thought She Won too, until She didn’t! LMFAO

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