One Million Moms for Gun Control, an organization formed within 24 hours of the Connecticut elementary school shooting in Sandy Hook, announced that it will sponsor several major events in January to demand action on common-sense gun control laws.
Its New York City chapters will rally at the steps of City Hall in New York City on Mon., Jan. 21, 2013. The goal of the rally, which will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is to reinforce a message of nonviolence and a safer world for children. More information on rally logistics is available at: www.onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org.
It also announced that it will co-sponsor the March on Washington for Gun Control in Washington, DC, on Sat., Jan 26. The goal of the march is to demand immediate action on common-sense gun legislation. More information on march logistics is available from the March on Washington for Gun Control at: www.guncontrolmarch.com.
Meanwhile, two years after the Tucson mass shooting in which six were killed and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a new television ad featuring Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine year-old girl murdered that day. (Read: Mother Speaks Against Gun Violence in TV Ad)
“Mothers will not rest until there is change. The alarm sounded for us after Sandy Hook, the 16th mass shooting of 2012, and now we are going to deliver our elected officials a wake-up call,” said Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control. “The rapid growth of social media, the organizing power of mothers, and our fierce, boundless love for our families will ensure our success.”
For moms unable to attend the events in New York City and the Beltway, local city chapters of One Million Moms for Gun Control are planning local rallies and marches on Sat., Jan. 26. For example, the greater Boston-area One Million Moms for Gun Control chapter is organizing a march at the State House.
In addition, it will launch a national social media campaign called “How do you wear your heart?” on Sat., Jan. 19, to enable moms across the country creatively connect and express their views on gun control.
Members will be provided with templates for a signature heart, which they can pin over their heart and wear publicly in support of One Million Moms for Gun Control.
Moms will be asked to take pictures of themselves wearing their pin and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet and Instagram the photos using the hashtags #1MM4GC #howdoyouwearyourheart #momsdemandaction.
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