During a campaign stop on Tuesday, Donald Trump suggested that "Second Amendment people" could potentially do something to stop his opponent, Hillary Clinton, from appointing Supreme Court nominees. Many people, myself included, interpreted Trump's comment as a call to violence and invitation to shoot Clinton. Of course, it's reckless and irresponsible for a presidential nominee to suggest violence against his opponent. Of course, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what responsible gun owners believe in. Yet, it didn't surprise me. You see, as a leader of the nation's largest gun violence prevention organization, I know what it feels like to be a woman threatened for speaking out in favor of gun safety. I founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America the day after the shooting at Sandy Hook School that killed six educators and 20 children. Since then, I have been threatened with violence and death. Pictures of me have been edited to appear that I have been shot. My daughter’s Facebook profile was once suspended because of extremists coming after me through her.
As a leader of the nation's largest gun violence prevention organization, I know what it feels like to be a woman threatened for speaking out in favor of gun safety.
Now more than ever, women have to speak out. The threat Trump issued against Hillary Clinton is a threat against every woman who has the gall to speak her mind publicly.
More than 90 Americans are shot to death every day and hundreds more are injured, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Gun violence is no laughing matter. We deserve better than a president who buys into solving problems with gun violence when far too many families know exactly where that road leads — to trauma and a chair left forever empty at their table. We have to work together to elect leaders, like Secretary Clinton, who will act to prevent gun violence. It's our lives that are at risk. It's our voices that matter now.