- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2000

They won't get the adulatory media coverage of the slick, professionally organized Million Mom March this weekend but another group of women will be taking to the streets to voice its opinion of firearms and gun control. It won't be one that's simpatico with the message of the Million Mom March.

Second Amendment Sisters, as the group has taken to calling itself, is in fact a grassroots organization of women from disparate walks of life a stark contrast to the Million Mom March, the politicized progeny of former Democratic Senate staffer and ally of Hillary Clinton, Donna Dees-Thomases. The media, as expected, have neglected to relay to the public the origin of the Million Mom March, or the fact that its leaders have been drawn from the ranks of professional gun-control agitators. Instead, it has been portrayed as a spontaneous uprising of soccer moms alarmed by the misuse of firearms by children.

This does not sit well with the Second Amendment Sisters who really are mostly apolitical mothers and wives, not professional advocates with an ax to grind and an agenda to advance. They are simply women who are concerned about their Second Amendment rights which they rightly see as threatened by a cynical campaign of distortion and demagoguery that has exploited tragic shootings to scare Americans into surrendering a vital freedom that of armed self-defense.

For women, the issue is especially acute because a handgun is the great equalizer that gives a woman a fighting chance to fend off a male attacker. Alone in her home, with her young children present or walking a lonely city street at night a woman is at a severe disadvantage when confronted by even an average-size male unless she is in possession of a firearm. Even a powerfully built 200 pound thug is no match for a 110 pound housewife with a .357 magnum. The organizers of the Million Mom March would deprive ordinary women of this potentially life-saving equalizer and would do so because of the actions of a relative handful of young toughs and street criminals not because of any epidemic of homicidal/accidental shootings involving young kids from good homes.

The much-touted more accurately, much demagogued and distorted statistic that "every day in America 12 kids are killed by guns," which has been put forth endlessly by both the activists behind the Million Mom March and the president, is illustrative of the deceit which suffuses the gun-control movement. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the figure is actually 1.7 deaths per day. Whence the disparity? Gun-control advocates lump accidental shootings involving kids 14 and under with gun deaths listed as criminal homicides involving older teens aged 14 to 19. Most of these indeed, the overwhelming majority are shootings related to gang activity and drug dealing. They have nothing to do with a suburban child finding Dad's loaded .38 in the drawer and shooting himself or a playmate by accident. Once again, don't expect to read anything in the major media outlets or see anything on the evening news that breaks down the statistics this way.

As the weekend approaches, it's worth remembering that sometimes the loudest, most visible group is also the least representative. The Million Mom March may bring 150,000 or so (according to estimates) "moms" to Washington to push for more gun control and less freedom for law-abiding Americans. But it's a fair bet there are many more women out there 1 million of whom are registered members of the National Rifle Association, by the way who do not wish to be deprived of their right to self-defense, no matter how maliciously gun-control advocates exploit tragedy and gin up hysteria to support their agenda.

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