Gun violence and the use of illegal guns to destroy the lives of innocent people, especially children and their families, is an issue that The Honickman Foundation has always considered a top priority. In Pennsylvania, gun violence is responsible for the deaths of 1,200 people each year. The state also ranks sixth in the nation for handgun homicides involving children.
In response to this rampant violence in the Greater Philadelphia region, in Pennsylvania, and beyond, Foundation President Lynne Honickman started a campaign called Moms Against Illegal Guns in 2007. Its purpose was to inspire residents and encourage state legislators to take commonsense steps toward preventing gun violence—particularly against children and families.
Large scale incidents of gun violence get the most attention from policy makers and the American people, but acts of gun violence take place each day in our communities – whether they involve masses of people or few. Recent years have shown that guns take the lives of more than 30,000 Americans annually, in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. On top of these casualties, thousands are wounded as the result of gun violence, and more still are affected by the tragedy and trauma that accompanies these senseless acts.
The momentum of Moms Against Illegal Guns was strong, but today's world requires collaboration in order to speak in one voice against gun violence. Having merged Moms Against Illegal Guns in 2010 to join Pennsylvania's largest gun violence prevention organization – CeaseFirePA – Lynne remains ever committed to the fight against gun violence. She serves on CeaseFirePA's Board of Directors and is proud to support commonsense gun laws that protect children and families, and to stand tall against any measures that put them at risk.
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