Moms demand gun safety advocate at Dallas Pride – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

In a sea of ​​rainbow colors in Fair Park on Sunday afternoon during the Dallas Pride Parade, there were dozens of participants dressed in all orange as a symbol of remembering those who lost to gun violence and advocating for gun safety legislation.

Blair Taylor has been pushing for changes to gun safety laws since joining Moms Demand Action in 2018 after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The communications coordinator for the nonprofit’s Dallas County chapter said interest has increased again after the loss of 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde nearly two weeks ago.

“People are really reaching a boiling point with this,” Taylor said.

The color orange is part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend June 3-5.

The grassroots organization voices support for gun safety regulations, including expanded background checks, extreme risk protection orders, more commonly known as red flag laws, and requiring the safe storage of weapons.

Taylor says interest in volunteering predictably increased in the 12 days following the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

However, Taylor says support for these measures would have the greatest impact where the vast majority of preventable gun deaths end up — in incidents of isolated violence and suicide deaths.

“It’s the everyday gun violence that has a lifelong impact on people’s lives,” Taylor said. “People are not coming to save us from this. We are going to have to push for this to be addressed in particular by our political leaders. »

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday thanked Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan for convening special legislative committees following Uvalde, but did not call a special session to address measures. specific.

“The status quo is unacceptable. This crime is unacceptable,” Abbott said in the days following the May 24 attack.

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, speaking earlier this week in Dallas, said he wants support for gun regulations like expanded background checks and safe storage as an issue driving force in his run for governor this fall.

It is a political issue that is inextricably linked to politics. That’s why Taylor said she will continue to work to gather volunteers like those who showed up in orange on Sunday, some for the first time.

“Sometimes it’s really good to remember that you’re not the only person who’s sick of inaction in the face of gun violence.”

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