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January 24, 2013

I was finally doing something. And something was probably better than nothing. Our hand-painted protest signs were like bright splashes of hope against the gray winter sky.

— Julie Flynn Badal, Mother and Writer

©2013 Julie Flynn Badal, The Huffington Post
Mother and Writer

Julie Flynn Badal

Julie Flynn Badal

When the reality of what happened in Sandy Hook fully registered, I was filled with helpless rage. Twenty-six children were mercilessly gunned down by an allegedly mentally ill man who had legal access to assault weapons; firearms so powerful they allowed this alienated individual to transform himself into his own self-styled Rambo.

Why weren’t we all taking to the streets, banging pots and pans like those women in Egypt? I wanted to open the window of my apartment in Brooklyn and yell, “Enough is enough!” Maybe others would join in. From our fire escapes and front stoops, we’d all be shouting and wouldn’t stop until something was done.

The founder of One Million Moms, Shannon Watts, had mobilized thousands of mothers across the country via social media. Watts, a mother of five, had shared that desire to do something after the Sandy Hook shooting. She ended up creating her own little Arab Spring from her home in Zionsville, Indiana.

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