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Can Mothers Help Frame the Gun Control Conversation in America?

January 10, 2013


Maybe, by coming together, we can focus attention on the need for better access to mental health services; challenge the notion that owning semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines is inscribed in the Constitution and rally elected officials on both sides of the aisle to finally do what is right.

— Sandi Goldfarb

By Sandi Goldfarb

I am not a joiner. I was never a member of the Girl Scouts, the PTA or even a book group. But I recently added my name to One Million Moms for Gun Control, a grassroots organization galvanized by the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Like many parents, I wanted to do something on that awful day besides watch in horror as the story unfolded and the grim reality took hold. In the aftermath of the shootings, as shrines to the victims overflowed with flowers and teddy bears, politicians and news anchors urged us to hold our children close. But I needed to do more; to lend a hand and add my voice. One Million Moms for Gun Control may not be the answer, but for me it is a start.

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January 10, 2013