Doris W. Madsen: Cummington Fair sponsorship flap opens an opportunity

Published: 8/13/2019 7:00:15 PM

I am writing in response to “Cummington Fair draws criticism for promoting gun store sponsor” from the Aug. 8 edition.

I have visited the Cummington Fair many times. I know it is good family entertainment. I also live down the road from KC Small Arms in Easthampton. I realize businesses such as this gun shop bring needed revenue to my community and the fair needs sponsorship to produce its event.

There is a great opportunity to be good neighbors. I am a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ( I participate under the Pioneer Valley group and the Massachusetts chapter.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families.

Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 5 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors.

The demand for our work has increased greatly since the weekend of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. More and more people are yelling for change and hopefully our elected officials are getting the messages from their constituents.

KC Small Arms, Cummington Fair and readers have the opportunity now to do much needed work to keep our communities safe. I urge all to get involved by supporting HR8 and calling on the Senate to pass comprehensive background checks.

Doris W. Madsen


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