Moms marched in Washington, DC and in Indianapolis on Saturday to show support for the One Million Moms for Gun Control advocacy group, a grassroots organization that wants tighter gun control laws in America.
Hoosier mothers who marched today viewed their participation as way of responding to the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month in Newtown, Connecticut
"We are not only mothers, fathers, kids, friends of mothers, who are concerned about the gun violence in our country and we demand change," said Indianapolis organizer, Andrea Spiegelberg, who helped start the Indy chapter six weeks ago, using social media to gain interest in Saturday's downtown walk.
"Specially here in Indiana there need to be stricter laws and there need to be more laws. Here in Indiana, we have a very lax conceal and carry legislation and we have background issues. We need to be make changes at the state level and the national level," said Spiegelberg.
Gun advocates showed up along the statehouse sidewalks to root on the marching moms.
"I am a Mom. I am not for gun control. I want to prove that not all Moms are for gun control," said gun advocate Melinda Porter.
According to One Million Moms for Gun Control website, the group wants to see a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than ten rounds. The organization also supports required background checks for all gun purchasers and limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level.
Moms participating in the organization join an increasingly larger group of women planning to push Indiana legislators to tighten gun control laws.
"We need to keep our voices fresh and keep people interested," added Spiegelber.
One Million Moms for Gun Control was founded by Shannon Watts from Indiana. So far, there are more than 75-chapters nationwide.