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Moms Demand Action Pennsylvania Chapter: Infant Shooting Death On Christmas Eve


By Jueseppi B.




Moms Demand Action Pennsylvania Chapter Responds to Infant Shooting Death


By Moms Demand Action


Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Pennsylvania Chapter is shocked and devastated to learn of the death of a two-month-old Lancaster County girl who was shot and killed by a family member who was negligently handling a handgun on Christmas Eve. No charges have yet been filed against the adult who shot and killed an infant.


Moms Demand Action is urging District Attorney Craig Stedman and local authorities to press charges immediately in this case. Mothers across the country are heartbroken about the loss of yet another child to preventable gun violence, and we expect an adult to be held accountable for such a negligent act.


Moms Demand Action is also calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to propose and pass laws that holds adults accountable if their negligence results in the shooting of a child. For too long, the gun lobby has protected gun owners from being liable for gun-related deaths, including negligent shootings.


In addition, we call on media reporting on this incident to use the words “criminally negligent” instead of “accidental.” Shooting and killing a human being due to an unsecured firearm should and must be considered more severe than an “accident.”


Moms Demand Action: Yes, We Can Prevent Gun Violence.


Moms Demand Action: No More Silence


Published on Dec 4, 2013

December 14, 2013, will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is partnering with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will culminate on December 14 with more than 50 events in 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over:



Moms Demand Action: An Empty House And Empty Hearts


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About Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America


Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America  was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. We are a non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws, loopholes and policies that for too long have jeopardized the safety of our children and families.


Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills an American child every 3 hours and 15 minutes. Whether the gun violence happens in urban Chicago, suburban Virginia, or rural Texas, we must act now on new and stronger gun laws and policies to protect our children.


Moms Demand Action envisions a country where all children and families are safe from gun violence. Our nonpartisan grassroots movement is made up of more than 100,000 members and a chapter in every state across the country. We are educating, motivating, and mobilizing moms and families to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives. We support these solutions to help address gun violence in the United States:


  1. Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases;
  2. Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds;
  3. Track the sale of large quantities of ammunition, and ban online sales;
  4. Establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition, and require child-safe gun technology;
  5. Support policies at companies and public institutions that promote gun safety;
  6. Counter the gun industry’s efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.


We are facing a public health crisis: Nearly eight American children are shot and killed every day. Anything else responsible for this many deaths would be immediately investigated and regulated. Not a single federal law has been passed in decades to prevent gun violence – not after Columbine and not after Newtown.


For too long, those who stand to profit from easy access to guns have controlled the conversation about gun violence. American families are being destroyed and mothers have had enough; we will no longer stand by and let Congress, companies and colleges turn their back on sensible gun laws and policies. We are organizing to effectively lobby and apply pressure that will result in stronger, sensible gun laws and policies that will protect our children and families. The momentum is with us, and we are in this for the long haul.


American mothers are an important voice that, when harnessed, will wield significant change. We may be accidental activists, but we are the wave of change in America. For more information on joining, volunteering, finding a local chapter or donating, please go to www.momsdemandaction.org.






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  4. Hi Jueseppi,

    I hope you’ve had a restful holiday.

    America has been complacent for far too long. Almost any effort is like a drop in the bucket to the number of weapons and ammunition out there. If there were no more ammo or guns manufactured we would still have enough to launch another civil war. And I think that is what some plan for.

    Thank you for posting this.


    • I had a wonderful Christmas, did a lot and did nothing, one of those types of holidays. How was your Christmas?

      • This was my first kidless Christmas. One visited and left to move her partner from RI to IL. The other stayed with her fiance’s family in TN and is expected to bring him here shortly. It has been peaceful and I have ‘worked’ every day. Busy is good.

      • Worked doing what? You didn’t take any time off for the holiday?

      • I work all the time. I did the online groups the 25th & 26th – every Wed. & Thur. This week a mom joined who has a runaway teen and a runaway-wannabe younger sister. We worked on options since the girl is 18 and I gave the mom resources for her and her daughter. I follow up and continue support as long as it is needed. (I’m still in contact with a mom in Ireland for over a year.) After that I update articles and paperwork as needed. I write every day. I also learn new things every day. I do maintenance daily on my computer. I read a ton of posts and articles every day, as you know. I must exercise every day to keep my mobility up; I move every 1 to 2 hours. If I do not exercise/walk I lose ability quickly. If I am not occupied all the time by something I tend to get depressed. For me, depression is a big ugly animal I fight every day. I cannot remember celebrating anything really. I don’t celebrate my birthday or anniversary because my husband doesn’t do anything ever. He has Asperger’s and has no inkling to do anything fun. He said today “if I win the lottery we’ll go on a cruise” and I told him I’d rather go on vacation with a rock – a rock has more feelings. And this is my life and why I am depressed. Helping people helps me stay focused and sane.

      • I understand. I appreciate your honesty about your life but I want you to know I was not probing prying or being nosy. I understand depression and it’s effects on the human mind. I also understand being busy to combat depression. In 2000 I was supposed to take a vacation to Chicago with my wife & 9 year old son, a road trip from Florida, to see her parents. I sent them on without me on the road trip while I stayed behind to finish a project for a client. I was scheduled to join them by flight 4 days after they left. 5 miles from the exit on the Eisenhower expressway to her parents home, my wife and child were crushed in their SUV by an 18 wheeler, dying instantly so the Illinois State Police told me. I never believed that, troopers are instructed to always tell family members of crash victims that their loved ones died instantly. I understand depression. Until 2008 I was depressed every moment I breathed air.

        I am so sorry you have the issues you have. Wish I could help you.

      • You have helped, Jueseppi, just by being there. I am so very sorry about your son and wife. There are no words to make that pain go away. The friend I recently lost over politics and guns lost her daughter and grandson in an accident much like the one you speak of. The memory will always be there but we do learn to cope. I am not depressed right now because I stay busy. I stop when I am so tired that I sleep.

        God bless you and thank you.

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