The National Rifle Association will gather this weekend in Indianapolis, and as Examiner reported earlier, Moms Demand Action and “Everytown for Gun Safety” will be there to protest, according to today’s Indianapolis Star, but they are going to have stiff, and spirited, competition from several other “moms” groups that strongly support the right to keep and bear arms.
It may be a case of MDA founder Shannon Watts discovering that she should be careful what she asks for, because she could get it. Watts and about 100 other mothers and “more than 20 gun violence survivors” will hold a protest of sorts, according to the Indianapolis Star.
They will be up against Indiana Moms Against Gun Control, 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control, Armed American Women, Moms With Guns Demand Action, Gun Rights Across America, American Gun Rights and others. These organizations are sponsoring a rally across the street from the Indianapolis Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in direct competition to the Watts/MDA event that kicks of at 10:30 a.m.
Some simple math may come in handy. On one side will be Watts and the MDA, perhaps 100-200 strong. On the other side, an estimated 70,000 NRA members with all of the pro-gun women’s groups in the Saturday spotlight. The Indy Star has a full listing of convention activities here.
Advertised as a “Safety & Self-Protection Showcase,” this gathering will no doubt outnumber the anti-gunners. Last year in Houston, the turnout of anti-NRA demonstrators numbered about a dozen. On the heels of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s launch last week of his $50 million “grassroots” gun control movement, it is likely the Indy Star’s prediction of 100 people at the Watts event may be accurate.
But equally accurate was the remark from long-time NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, who told the newspaper the truth about the NRA’s strength. It’s not the money, as Bloomberg evidently believes. It’s the man – and woman – power, which will be obvious come Saturday.
“Everyone thinks our strength comes from money,” Arulanandam told the Star. “It doesn’t. Our strength is truly in our membership. We have a savvy and loyal voting bloc, and they show up election after election after election.”
Several women who will be involved in Saturday’s pro-gun gathering outside the convention center told Examiner via e-mail that they are energized. The NRA has not visited this part of the country for several years, and gun owners from across the landscape are already heading to central Indiana for the festivities.
Weather for the weekend is forecast as mild. The outlook for Saturday is hot.