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How Thousands Of Mothers Plan To Take On The Powerful NRA

January 29, 2013

Women and mothers elected Obama and we can do the same thing for gun control. The rights of the few should not overcome the safety of the majority. We are in this for the long haul, this is not a short-term effort

— Shannon Watts, Founder,
One Million Moms For Gun Control

If you ask a legislator who they are scared of ... in about four weeks, they will tell you "a Mom," not a member of the NRA — Shannon Watts, Founder, One Million Moms For Gun ControlShannon Watts, Founder, One Million Moms For Gun Control at the March on Washington for Gun Control. “I am not a politician. I am a mom from Indiana. I am an accidental activist. I am here for those of you who—like me—can’t be anywhere else, because we love our children and cannot breathe when we fear for their safety”

BY Laura Matthews | International Business Times

December 14, 2012, is a day that will forever be etched in Shannon Watts’ memory.

That day, she awoke to the heartbreaking news that gunman Adam Lanza had murdered his mother before going on a shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults.

The nation had seen mass shootings before. That very summer, 24-year-old James Holmes opened fire in a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. In April 2007, Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Choi murdered 33 people and injured 23 on campus. Cries for more gun control were heard each time. Those cries were indeed loud, but soon faded.

When the Newtown massacre happened, something changed. The cries for gun control grew louder. And this time around, they are refusing to fade away.

Read the rest of the story at the International Business Times

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