The din grows: Vocal moms are taking on the National Rifle Association and have issued a list of their demands, just as NRA officials stage a major press conference Friday in the nation’s capital to address the Newtown, Conn., shootings.
One Million Moms for Gun Control — an Indiana-based grassroots group organized by Shannon Watts, mother of five, within hours of the shootings — joins a motley list of NRA critics that now includes progressives and animal-rights activists. The group claims to have attracted thousands of members and has sent an open letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that reads:
“Mr. LaPierre, please be advised that our organization will not rest until we see:
“1. The reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and related magazines. These weapons are clearly not the weapons of choice for hunters.
“2. Closed gun-show loopholes that encourage private gun sales without background checks, a basic procedure that every purchaser should undergo.
“3. A common sense approach to how much ammunition can be purchased. Fertilizer and Sudafed purchases are limited; ammunition should be as well.
“4. Boundaries on the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level.
Not all females are opposed to firearms, however. The NRA itself maintains a strong outreach to women, not to mention families with children. Women are also buying more guns.
“It’s not just hunters and outdoorsman aiming to buy and shoot guns, it’s women, too,” reports CBS News affiliate WRBG, in Albany, N.Y. Locally, gun shop owners say 30 percent of their clients are now women.
“We’ve really gone mainstream. We’re seeing hunters, yes, but a lot of young professionals, too, and a lot of women have started showing an interest in not only long guns and shotguns but getting their pistol permits,” said Frank Tybush of American Shooter Supply.
“I’m getting more women calling and asking about opening and being interested in shooting sports,” added Vern Jakubowski, president of the Town of Wilton Rod and Gun Club.