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'Moms Demand Action' Hoping to Change Culture on Gun Violence

Stu Johnson

A ‘culture shift’ is what representatives of a gun violence awareness group are hoping for in Lexington and communities across the U.S.

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Americasponsored a "Wear Orange" gun violence awareness ceremony last week

Lexington leader for the Moms group, Lynsey Sugarman says the national grassroots organization is trying to take a page from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“Moms Demand Action wants to change the culture of gun violence in America.  It’s named, following suit, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  They’ve been successful in changing the culture of drunk driving,” noted Sugarman.  “We want to change the culture about gun violence.”

The local Moms leader says the organization is not anti-gun. 

Sugarman says many gun owners are members of the local group that encourages responsible gun ownership.  “We are for things like background checks to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, education about the safe handling and storage of firearms to keep our kids safe.  And we want to work to support common sense laws to protect our families in communities,” added Sugarman.

Sugarman says there was discussion during the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly about eliminating the license requirement to carry concealed weapons.  

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