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Moms Demand Action founder to speak on gun violence protection

Shannon Watts Shannon Watts Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, will speak at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater on Sunday, Oct. 21 to discuss the Second Amendment and how folks can protect their children from gun violence.

Watts, mother of 5, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications director before she started a Facebook group the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Her Facebook message was that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence.

That online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence.

Her talk at the temple will include discussion of how one person can make a difference in the lives of those around them and use their passion for social justice for change. She is expected to offer advice on keeping guns locked up and away from children.

Watt’s Moms Demand Action organization now has chapters in every state and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the nation.

Watts is also active on the board of Emerge America and Rise to Run, two organizations for recruiting women to run for political office.

The event, sponsored by the Women of Temple B’nai Israel, will feature a private VIP meet and greet with Watts at 5 p.m. The main presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

For sponsorships contact Katie Blaxberg at or (727) 417- 0964.

General admission is $30 per person; VIP tickets, $75. For a discount in honor of the new year, when ordering online, use the code NEWYEAR. To make reservations, go to rising-for-action-tickets-47905477573

The temple is located at 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33764.

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