THE OTHER MILLION MOM
By Marc Montoni
On Sunday, May 9, the "Million Mom
March" (MMM) will try to convince
Congress that all gun owners are a danger to society. Handed several million
dollars worth of free publicity by a compliant media, and with hundreds of
thousands of dollars worth of organizational support by the Brady Campaign,
Essence magazine, the government, and other anti-self-defense organizations,
these "moms" are trying to see to it that both the Second Amendment and
everyone's right to defend themselves and their homes become a thing of the
MMM wants to renew the "Assault
Weapons Ban", implement mandatory trigger locks, one-gun-a-month purchase
limits, licensing of all gun owners, and registration of all guns. Their
ultimate goal is confiscation of all privately held guns.
Women across America confront a serious
question: Do you want your right to defend yourself taken away? Do the women
marching against firearms
speak for you? Do you want those who oppose your right to self-defense deciding
what's best for your family and your future?
If not, attend the "Second
Amendment Freedoms for Everyone Rally" (SAFER), sponsored by the Second
Readers who didn't know of this counter-rally
can hardly be blamed. Media coverage of the pro-confiscation march has been
expansive and generous -- but the Second Amendment Sisters rally has been given
hardly a mention anywhere. On the few occasions the SAFER rally does see some
print space, rarely is it more than the obligatory single-sentence mention of
some vague "opposition rally", with no further details given.
MMM organizers are hiding their gun
confiscation agenda under the guise of "Child Safety." Their claim is that
"almost 14,000" American children have died from gun violence since the first
time the two groups squared off in 2000.
However, MMM pads its statistics by using the
term "children" to include people as old as 21 years, many of whom died while
involved in criminal activity.
The Second Amendment Sisters point out that
ninety percent (90%) of all violent crime takes place without the presence of a
gun. Further, armed citizens prevent over 2 million crimes per year.
The Second Amendment Sisters formed in 2000 in
response to the first "Million Mom March." The Sisters and SAFER participants
call on the government to support the right of women and all other Americans to
have access to the best means of self-defense available: firearms.
Unlike the well-oiled and covertly
government-funded anti-gun machinery now aggressively stalking Americans' right
of self-defense, the Second Amendments Sisters is a grass-roots organization
whose activities are funded and performed by volunteers. Second Amendment
Sisters says that as interested people have heard about the group, many have
offered their time, money, and other support.
The SAFER rally will take place at Freedom
Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, starting at 11am and
concluding at 3pm. Men and children are also invited; this is not solely a
For more information on the SAFER rally, visit
the Second Amendment Sisters' web site:
The SAS knows that the SAFER rally will be
closely watched. Supporters are asked to leave their guns - or even empty
holsters, toys, replicas, ammunition, air guns, or anything else of a
symbolically similar nature - at home. Aware that a hostile media tends to
portray gun owners as stereotypical buffoons, the SAS is determined to show the
public that such portrayals and the resulting perception are just plain wrong.
The Second Amendment Sisters knows it must be
eternally vigilant against groups like MMM who wish to disarm all Americans and
leave them defenseless against both tyrants and criminals. More women are
arming themselves every year, obviously realizing that they can rely on no one
to provide for their safety -- and the safest, most effective means of
self-defense is a firearm.
It's ironic -- the crime perpetrated upon the
disarmed innocent in the nation's capital should serve as a poignant reminder of
the harm gun laws do. That every American should be forced by their own
government to lie prostrate to the mercies of every criminal is a sad state of
affairs - one the Second Amendment Sisters plan to protest, and loudly. Join
them, if you would save your rights.
Marc Montoni, a telecommunications
professional, resides in Shenandoah County, and was the 2001-2002 chairman of
the Libertarian Party of Virginia.