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What moms are doing to stop school shootings

The events in Parkland left many parents feeling powerless, but moms are a powerful force when we work together.

What moms are doing to stop school shootings

In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, moms are holding their children closer and wondering what to do. The event left many feeling powerless, but it’s important for mothers to remember that when we come together we are an unstoppable force. There are so many moms working, in so many ways, to stop school shootings and make our kids safer.


Moms are supporting each other

When Nicole Hockley heard what was happening in Parkland, Florida she raced towards the pain, not away from it, because as a mother of a school shooting victim herself, she knew she could be of service to other parents. .

“If they want to speak to me tomorrow, two weeks, two months, two years from now, I'm always open for that,” Hockley told Florida Today before her flight to the grieving state.

Her son, Dylan, was among the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. She is now the Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit founded by several Sandy Hook family members dedicated to protecting kids from further acts of violence.

“It hasn’t stopped and that is so frustrating,” Hockley told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Hockley says she believes the stopping school shootings isn’t about taking guns away from Americans, but about making sure certain individuals who are at risk for committing violence don’t have access.

She is advocating for Extreme Risk Protection Orders, a legal process that can temporarily separate people from their weapons if there is a concern about their mental wellbeing, and she hopes more supports are created to help communities intervene and help troubled individuals before they commit acts of violence.

“It's a state-led legislation only currently in four states,” she said on MSNBC. “Nineteen other states are looking at it. Florida needs this. First, we need to teach people how to know these signs, how do you recognize it, and then an ERPO can ensure there's a due process in place to ensure that those signs are then acted on.”

Moms are marching

Hockley is far from the only mom asking Florida’s government to act on gun violence issues.

Members of Moms Demand Action matched on Florida’s state capital, calling on officials to address gun violence, USA Today reports.

The organization was founded by mom of five Shannon Watts in 2012 the day after the inconceivably horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What started that day as a simple Facebook page fueled by a stay-at-home mom’s fury has become a a not-for-profit with chapters around the nation.

“We are tired of the inaction of our elected leaders on common sense policies and bills supported by the majority of people,” Katie Kile, the leader of the Tallahassee chapter, said Thursday. “This is not a partisan issue. There’s a lot of middle ground there.”

Kile was among the red-clad MDA members matching at the Florida legislature, calling for tougher background checks for firearms purchasers.

"We certainly support anyone who wants to pray, but our prayers don't stop with words. You can have prayers and legislative action,” Kile said.

Moms are getting loud

Friday should have been a normal morning for Lori Alhadeff and her family. Her daughter Alyssa should have been heading off to school, but instead, Alhadeff was headed to her child’s funeral.

She spoke to CNN beforehand, raising her voice for the second time in two days.

“We need security now for all these children. We need Action, Action, Action!”

Moms are calling their representatives

Across the country many other moms are feeling Alhadeff’s pain, and are calling for action, too, phoning and emailing pleas to their representatives to seek solutions that will make children safer in their classrooms.

Whether they’re advocating for changes to gun access, or calling for more support for mental health interventions, moms across the country are making sure that their voices are being heard.

We teach our children to work together in their classroom, and parents are working together to make sure those classrooms are safer.

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Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

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A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

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No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

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A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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