Moms Demand Action and outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s coalition of mayors announced Thursday that they are combining their efforts into one nationwide gun-control movement.
“Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue that affects every community, and coming together with Moms Demand Action today will strengthen our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and save lives,” Bloomberg said in a press release.
The merger will presumably give the year-old Moms Demand Action access to Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ deep pockets — the Bloomberg-founded group dropped $350,000 in two Colorado recall elections alone, and is eyeing other fronts in the gun control battle.
“Gun violence used to be something that happened only in other cities, other communities, but now every mother and every American knows the fear of ‘what if?’ – what if it were my community or my child’s school?” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said in the release. “That’s why we’ve come together to fight this tragedy – to save our children’s lives, save American lives and protect the places where we all live, work and go to school. This partnership ensures mothers will continue to play an important role in gun violence prevention for decades to come.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.