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Veronica I. Arreola asks … Can Moms Stop Gun Violence?

February 11, 2013

I joined One Million Moms For Gun Control because the goals are attainable milestones that will save lives, and because, frankly, it’s invigorating to do something that can positively affect a lot more kids than just my own.

— Christine Fenno, Chicago Chapter,
One Million Moms For Gun Control

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By Veronica I. Arreola

I am tired of advocating for things based on the fact that I am raising a child.

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate Mothers Against Drunk Driving and MomsRising. I have some great friends who work at MomsRising. I even signed their immigration reform petition tonight. But I have grown tired of feeling like I need to pull out my mom card in an effort to be taken seriously for voicing an opinion.

But a funny thing happened at the Congressional hearings on gun violence. A sweet looking woman in a navy suit sat down and told Senator Grassley that women need access to “scary-looking guns” in order to have the courage to defend herself from a home invasion involving 3-4 people. Oh and that AR-15′s are essential to women being able to defend themselves because they’re light and easy to hold.

OK, we’re going to play that game, are we? Hang on while I go grab my mom card…

I’m back.

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