Michelle Roehm McCann has worked as a children’s book editor and art director for nearly thirty years, and has written and compiled nine award-winning children’s books of her own. She is an active member of Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, the leading national group that is fighting for common-sense gun safety laws. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Why did I write this book? I am not an expert on the gun issue, and I’m not a leader of the gun safety movement. I normally write books about inspiring women in history. And fairies. (You can read more about me and my writing & editing career here.) But I was compelled to write Enough Is Enough because I am a mom with two teenage kids. I have watched them grow up in scary times, in a country that gets more dangerous by the day. Like millions of other parents, I worry about their safety, and I’m incredibly frustrated by the lack of action in Washington, DC.
I thought about what I personally could do to make a bigger impact and realized, “Hey, I write books for kids! If kids get involved, they can actually solve this thing.” So, I started writing. Then, in 2018, Parkland happened, and I witnessed the power of student activism. The Parkland survivors and other young activists I interviewed inspired me. They are incredibly brave and are working hard to make change—and you can help.
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with nearly 6 million supporters. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.