“When Congress gives moms lemons, we make lemonade –get back to work on gun reform!” – Moms Demand Action
During Congress’ summer recess this August, members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are holding lemonade stands across the country to pressure Congress to pass background check legislation when they return in the fall. Moms Demand Action Nashville held the first meetings on Saturday, August 3, at Love’s Healthy Start in Hadley Park; and Friday, August 9, 3322 West End Lemonade Stand/Rally at the Corner of West End Ave. and Murphy Road.
Other activities scheduled include: Saturday, August 17, 8 am-1 pm, Crieve Hall Farmer’s Market: ‘Farmin in the Hall,’ Crieve Hall Methodist Church, 451 Hogan Road, Nashville, Tenn. 37220; and Saturday, August 24, 10 am-2 pm, East Tasty’s Farmers Market, East Nashville Magnet School, 110 Gallatin Road, Nashville, Tenn. 37206.
“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 Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Nashville. “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 Nashville, lemonade stands will be held in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C.; Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz.; San Diego, Calif.; Atlanta and Savannah, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Fancy Farm, Ky.; Tampa, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Charlotte, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Durham, N.C.; Monmouth County and Morristown, N.J.; Brooklyn, Rockland County and Hudson Valley, N.Y.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Portland, Ore.; Harrisburg, Penn.; Austin and Houston, Texas; Falls Church, Va.. Additional lemonade stand locations will be added throughout August. For more information on lemonade stand locations and times, go to:
“We are not going to 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 each lemonade stand asking Sen. Corker and Sen. Alexander to commit to working on new and stronger gun laws when they return from recess.