Moms Demand Action group sees major spike in Syracuse membership

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Just over two weeks after the school shooting in Florida that killed 17 students,  gun safety is on the minds of a Syracuse action group. 

Encouragement is a feeling that 'Moms Demand Action' members hope will spread through their group like wildfire.

"I think that there will be people who do things for the long term, there will be people who just talk to others, and anything that comes out of this right now is better than where we were before," said member Heather Allison Waters. 

Most of the group members have kids. Some of them are old, some young, some went to the meeting with their parents to listen as Mom Demand Action leaders explained that the group is about safety, not politics. 

"We don't want to take anyone's guns, we are not against the second amendment," co-leader Kevin McClave explained. "We believe in strong gun laws, we want to keep people safe by virtue of background checks on all gun sales for example."

McClave has an 11-year-old daughter. She was in first grade when the Sandy Hook school shooting happened. That, he said, is what brought him to Moms Demand Action.

"It was just a traumatic day that I'm trying to turn in to something positive because I'm grateful because I'm lucky and other people are not," he added.

He said that in the two weeks since the Parkland shooting, Syracuse's chapter of Moms Demand Action has grown nearly 300 percent.

Moms Demand Action is not just for parents. The group is also working to reach students 

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