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Moms group launches new gun control efforts; Capitol Hill Wednesday

MDA founder Shannon Watts will take her gun control campaign to Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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This morning, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is staging a lobbying effort in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, as “nearly 100” gun prohibitionists led by MDA founder Shannon Watts descend on Washington, D.C. to push for so-called “gun reform.”

Their state-level activities were already underway Tuesday, according to a website that features “house parties” in several states, including Washington. More than 150 of these gatherings are scheduled, and there was one already at Village Books in Bellingham, according to the website. That one kicked off at noon Tuesday, according to the press release schedule.

Other such parties are slated in Bainbridge Island, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Olympia, Seattle, Shoreline and Tacoma. These parties, according to MDA information, will “discuss (the) ‘Gun Sense Voter’ campaign” that appears to be part of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s broader “Everytown for Gun Sense” $50 million so-called “grassroots” gun control campaign. Their press release first appeared on The Gun Wire, a popular firearms news headline website.

Today’s event is the second annual “Moms Take the Hill” lobbying effort. The idea behind the "Gun Sense Voter" effort is to “mobilize at least one million voters to go to the polls in November and vote for candidates with gun sense…”

There is little doubt that here in the Evergreen State, some of that energy will also be directed toward passage of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being pushed by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. The terms “gun reform” and “gun responsibility” are part of the growing list of phrases designed to confuse the public that what they’re really promoting is gun control.

Watts led a demonstration 11 days ago in Indianapolis when the National Rifle Association held its convention there. Her turnout was somewhere between 100 and 200 people by some estimates, while at the same time, pro-gun women’s groups including One Million Moms Against Gun Control were highly visible around the convention center, where more than 75,000 NRA members gathered.

These “house parties” are occurring as part of MDA’s “Week of Action” leading up to Mother’s Day this Sunday. Tomorrow’s lobbying effort on Capitol Hill begins at 11 a.m. (8 a.m. Pacific time). Other “house party” states include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the MDA website says.

Meanwhile, one might ask “where are the gun owners?” Certainly, gun rights activists seem to almost be asleep at the wheel with all of this anti-gun activity. Gun owners have a way of doing some surprising things. Ask where they are; they’re everywhere. Including Capitol Hill.