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Growing group of moms ‘declares independence’ from gun violence

July 5, 2013

By Eli Stokols, Fox31 Denver

momsparade2DENVER — Few groups waiting to march through Park Hill Thursday during the neighborhood’s annual July 4 parade worry about whether they’ll be booed.

But that was the reality for members of “Moms Demand Action” — and activists on either side of Colorado’s sizzling gun control debate — no matter how many cute flag-waving kids were marching with them.

The group of moms, formed just months ago in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting of 20 first-graders, isn’t afraid of being booed at a parade, much less going toe to toe with the National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment organizations.
“After Sandy Hook – that was a 9/11 for many women and moms,” said Shannon Watts, an
Indiana mother of five who founded the group, which now has 100,000 members. “And so we are going to be out all the time until something happens in our Congress.

“We need stronger gun laws and policies.”

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