"Gun violence is a problem that won't be solved until we get laws on the books that will protect all communities," she said. "We are bringing together a broad and diverse coalition of Americans -- from mayors to moms, law enforcement to faith leaders, gun owners and survivors -- who are committed to getting it done."
Childers said one of the main barriers to preventive legislation is the level of lobbying in favor of unregulated gun sales. The National Rifle Association spent a record amount of money on lobbying in 2013, spending roughly $800,000 on lobbying in the first quarter - more than any year previous, according to The Center for Public Integrity.
"People who profit from easy access to guns are controlling the conversation; they're out their 'defending' the Second Amendment, but really, they're pursuing their own agenda to make money from gun sales," she said. "It's almost to the point where you can't have a conversation about it."
The state chapter of Moms Demand Action met with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., earlier this year to discuss their goals. Manchin introduced legislation in April to expand background checks, but the bill was defeated in the Senate.
For Childers, the fact that a mass shooting has not occurred in a school in West Virginia does not rule out the possibility.
"It could certainly happen anywhere there is easy access to guns. Even though West Virginia hasn't had a situation like the ones in Colorado or Connecticut, we certainly have our share of gun deaths," she said.
Childers said those interested in joining the organization can visit its Facebook page or go to the national website, www.momsdemandaction.org, and click "join" under the "Take Action" tab to connect to a local chapter.
"We want to let people know that we're out there, and that moms are concerned about the dangers of guns in this country and want action to be taken," she said.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.