Newtown Anniversary
10:33 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Shooting victim now an “accidental activist”

This Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 six and seven-year-olds - and 6 of the school's adult staff.

"No parent should live with the fear of sending their children to public elementary school, and not picking them up."

Vigils called "No More Silence" are being held in communities across the country, including Missoula. The event is co-sponsored by the Montana chapter of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" and "Mayors Against Illegal Guns".
    Kim Russell is Director of Outreach for the national "Moms Demand Action" group, and herself a survivor of gun violence.

Kim Russell, Director of Outreach for "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"
Credit Beatrice Moritz

In this feature interview, Russell tells News Director Sally Mauk that the Newtown shooting a year ago prompted her to become an activist for more gun regulation.

Sally Mauk talks with Kim Russell of "Moms Demand Action" about her own experience as a victim of gun violence, and of the effort to pass universal background checks on gun buyers, in the wake of Newtown