One Million Moms for Gun Control rally at the State Capitol

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Posted Thu, Feb 7, 2013

DENVER- Leaders from the Denver chapter of the “One Million Moms for Gun Control” gathered on the West Side of Colorado’s State Capitol building on Jan. 26, to express their support and help promote a message for stricter gun control in the United States.

PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY: Among raised signs in the chilly Saturday morning wind, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters gathered to voice their concerns about gun violence. [Photo by J.R. Johnson]

Denver state Rep. Beth McCann and Aurora state Rep. Rhonda Fields address the crowd of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who gathered in the brisk cold at 200 E. Colfax Ave.

“This is a complex area and we respect the 2nd Amendment,” McCann said. “We are not trying to take guns away from those who posses them lawfully and know how to handle them safely. But we do support and will be supporting legislation for reasonable and responsible gun safety.”

SIGNS: Make-shift signs call for stricter gun control in the United States. [Photo by J.R. Johnson]

A shade more reflective, Fields followed with a personal perspective on gun violence.

“I’m here not just as a state representative,” she said. “I’m here as a Mom. And as a Mom we want to make sure that we protect our kids. We want to make sure that we keep them safe, and as a Mom I wasn’t able to keep my son safe. I have to admit to you today that my son was violently ambushed and murdered by a gun. Enough is enough I am sick and tired of the bloodshed.”

A formal Naval aviator, a hunter and several mothers were among speakers who addressed the crowd. Jane Dougherty, a sister of a school psychologist who had her life taken in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting spoke.

“This is a public safety issue,” Daugherty said among raised signs as her thoughts came to a conclusion.

The rally, which drew people to the Capital, was one of many held throughout the nation in advocacy for tighter gun regulations.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Manifested as a retort to the shootings that took place in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, One Million Moms for Gun Control has grown into a grassroots group with a significantly powerful voice that refuses to be ignored. With factions of the organization sprinkled all over the country they are able to branch out at a more personal level and inform local people of their intentions.

For information about upcoming events and news from the Denver chapter of One Million Mom’s for Gun Control visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OneMillionMomsForGunControlCoDenver

About J.R. Johnson

J.R. is a student at the Metro State University of Denver pursuing his degree in journalism and communications.

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10 Responses to “One Million Moms for Gun Control rally at the State Capitol”

  1. Davy Says:

    Very intresting story! Great quotes and pictures used through out the article!

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  2. Maureen Says:

    Good story. Conclusion was a little abrupt and “mom” is not capitalized.

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  3. Grace Says:

    LOVE this article! I can understand what those moms are going through and think that how they are approaching the subject (and how it’s been portrayed in the story) is appropriate. Nicely done!

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  4. Austin Says:

    great story, it is timely and the issue will surely contnue to grow over the next few months. It also seems a very level story, not pushing an agenda or anything.

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  5. Aaron Lambert Says:

    Good, unbiased story. Does a great job of simply sharing the facts about this group and their stance regarding gun control.

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  6. SL Alderton Says:

    The “author’s note” did seem a little slanted, and there were a few typos. But this was very well-reported, and I like the pictures a lot.

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  7. Emily Pennetti Says:

    Great photos! Maybe introduce Fields later in the story when you mention her quote so we remember who she is.

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  8. Andrew Says:

    Good subject, really prominent right now. You got some really nice quotes and pictures to compliment the story as well.

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