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Gun safety group meeting Thursday in Avon

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America advocate for closing loopholes in background checks, promoting gun safety, supporting reasonable limits and creating enforcable laws. The group will be meeting Thursday, and all are encouraged to attend, not just mothers.

AVON — As part of Every Town for Gun Safety, formed by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America was created to advocate for stronger gun laws and policies.

The group was formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting and is mobilizing mothers across the country to come together with a common goal of reducing gun violence.

Moms Demand Action will be meeting Thursday, July 28, at the Avon Public Library. All are encouraged to attend, not just mothers.

"We're trying to raise awareness so that Congress will start hearing the people and responding to the people," said Gena Whitten, a volunteer with the organization.

Similar to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Moms Demand Action are trying to change behavioral habits.

"People now pretty much have a designated driver," Whitten said. "Habits have been changed. We want to change habits and educate people for the safety of all citizens."

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Citing recent mass shootings in America, Whitten said the group is not targeting Democrats nor Republicans, but all of Congress, which refuses to even bring matters to a vote, she said.

Initiatives Congress has not voted on include the No Fly, No Buy rule, revolving around the fact that people on the no-fly list are able to purchase guns.

"These are just things that should not be happening in a civilized society," she said.

Moms Demand Action advocate for closing loopholes in background checks, promoting gun safety, supporting reasonable limits and creating enforceable laws.

"Congress refuses to vote because our congressmen are so controlled by the NRA and the gun lobby and gun manufacturers," Whitten said.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan will be at Thursday's meeting to answer questions.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

If you go …

What: Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America meeting.

Where: Avon Public Library.

When: Thursday, July 28, 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit momsdemandaction.org.