Deborah Hernandez, an Orange County mother, was so disturbed by recent mass shootings that she responded by launching an Orange County chapter of Mothers Demand Action, a national organization that formed after the Newtown shootings that calls for gun control. PHOTOS BY ANA VENEGAS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
BY DAVID WHITING, COLUMNIST, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
As I chat in a neighborhood park with Deborah Hernandez, gun control activist, her 5-year-old son runs up crying.
“Mommy, that boy said he was gonna kill me.”Yes, it’s a very different world from the one in which most of us grew up. School resource officers tell me there was a time that they didn’t hear that kind of language until middle school. No more.
Changing times and changing technology prompted Hernandez, a Laguna Hills resident, to form the Orange County chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Immediately after Tuesday’s defeat of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s effort to ban so-called assault weapons, Hernandez shoots me an email. But don’t mistake Hernandez for a veteran activist.
It wasn’t until that devastating day in December when 20 first-graders were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School that Hernandez decided she needed to help America change.
The question in the escalating firearms debate is what kind of change?