Moms Demand Action, Iowans for Gun Safety Respond to Des Moines Monday Shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – When Traci Kennedy heard about Monday’s shooting at East High, her initial reaction was the same as many: shock and sadness. Being from West Des Moines and having kids in school, she says her heart aches for everyone involved. And as a member of Iowa Moms Demand Action, she says it was her worst fear come true.

“This is exactly what we feared would happen if we don’t take quick action to gain the fundamental support that keeps the people of Iowa safe,” Kennedy said.

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement advocating for what they call “common sense” gun laws.

The Iowa Chapter advocates in communities across the state. But because it’s happening so close to home, Kennedy says her desire for change at the state level has only grown.

“Now more than ever, we see that gun violence is on the rise here in Iowa and needs to be addressed from the community level all the way to the state,” Kennedy said.

Members of the Iowans for Gun Safety group had a similar reaction.

Scott Peterson leads the Mount Vernon Defense Group. He believes that there are measures to be taken to prevent such incidents.

“Over the past five years, lawmakers have worked hard to make it easier to get, own and use guns,” he said.

Both groups said their first reaction was devastation to everyone involved in Monday’s shooting.

Kennedy said Iowa Moms Demand Action is currently working with local partners to help provide any kind of support possible to those affected.

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