DENVER -- Colorado moms are strengthening their fight against gun violence with a push for lawmakers to put stronger regulations in place.
The “No More Silence” campaign is marked by television ads and rallies designed to raise awareness and spur community involvement.
Nearly 200 children have been killed by gunfire over the past year since the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Jennifer Hope is the leader of the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the violence at Sandy Hook, Arapahoe High School and at the Aurora theater is a wake-up call. The organization is demanding stricter background checks and other measures to control access to guns.
“Our legislators have been brave and have enacted terrific new gun laws for Colorado we need to stand behind them,” Hope said.
Gun rights advocates say they will continue to push for less regulation.
“The conversation we need to be having is not about taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens but how we can get more good guys (with guns) in our schools and make them more secure,” Tony Fabian of the Colorado State Shooting Association said.
The Moms Demand Action organization is also dedicated to supporting those touched by gun violence. Megan Sullivan, who lost her brother Alex in the Aurora theater shootings, offers words of support for families traumatized by the shooting at Arapahoe High School.
“That sense of security is lost at school, but they will regain that it’s a matter of time,” she said.
You can watch the “No More Silence” ads (produced by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns) here: http://youtu.be/O5SOMuP8rqg
For more information about Moms Demand Action you can visit their website, www.momsdemandaction.org.