One Million Moms for Gun Control (1MM4GC), the grass roots organization that sprung up hours after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is featured in a Mail Online article published yesterday, Jan. 7, showing that the world is watching how the United States deals with the epidemic of gun violence in the country.
The website, and its print version the Daily Mail, is owned by Associated Newspapers, which claims to be one of the largest newspaper publishers in the United Kingdom with an average daily circulation of nearly two million.
The article, titled “Connecticut newspaper prints ad for controversial gun show next to an article on Sandy Hook,” reports to British readers of the move to cancel gun shows in Southern Connecticut following the elementary school massacre that left 20 first-grade students and six educators dead.
Despite requests by Stamford, Conn. Mayor Michael Pavia to consider cancelling the show, organizers of the East Coast Fine Arms gun show continued with its plans and held its two-day gun show this past weekend in Stamford, which is 40-miles from the site of the elementary school shootings.
The gun show drew a crowd of protesters, including Kara Baekey who organized the local chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control. Mail Online included a quote Baekey gave the Stamford Advocate: 'The sheer lack of respect for those still grieving was pretty infuriating for us.”
One Million Moms for Gun Control was founded on Dec. 14, 2012 by Indiana mother Sharon Watts. In less than a month, the organization has established nearly 75 branches across the country. Last week One Million Moms launched a social media campaign to pressure lawmakers into producing specific gun control laws.
The group is asking supporters to write “Moms Demand Action” on sidewalks, schools and other public places using sidewalk chalk and to sign the message with a heart and 1MM4GC, an acronym for One Million Moms for Gun Control.
The group seeks reinstatement of the assault rifle ban that expired in 2004, a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and the closing of the gun show loophole that allows people to purchase guns without a background check.