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One Million Moms Make a Case for Stricter Gun Control

January 23, 2013

It’s not tough to imagine what a woman — or any parent, for that matter — will do when it comes to ensuring the safety of their child.

— Michaela Pommells, Anti-bias Activist, Organizer, Educator

Many parents who lost children in the Newton tragedy have become outspoken about their support for stricter gun control and want a seat at the proverbial table.

By Michaela Pommells

Michaela Pommells

Michaela Pommells

Sometimes, all it takes is a tragedy seen through the eyes of a mother to bring a community together to lead change. While watching the Newtown tragedy unfold, Shannon Watts, a mother of five from Indianapolis, decided to do what most of us don’t have the mental stamina to even conceive in the midst of such horror: She founded One Million Moms for Gun Control, hoping to put the voices of mothers at the forefront of the gun control debate.

One Million Moms for Gun Control will hold demonstrations in New York City on January 21 and co-sponsor a march on Washington five days later. The group announced its support of the administration’s current proposal to ban assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition clips and proposed universal background checks for all gun purchasers. Convening in masses next week, they hope to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the proposed bills to the floor for a vote in Congress. The group makes it clear on their website that they will not back down from the fight for gun safety regulation referencing the plight of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the instrumental group that helped to change drunk driving laws in the 1980s.

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