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Which mothers to follow, those with the mayors or the ones with guns?

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Yesterday’s announcement that Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has merged with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDAGSA) came 24 hours after a local Fox station in Cincinnati reported about the rising number of women – including moms – who are arming themselves, and it causes a dilemma: Which moms should the country believe?

MAIG, with about a thousand members and MDAGSA, claiming an estimated 130,000 members, may have some formidable opposition, according to statistics provided by WXIX/Fox19 reporter Hagit Limor in Wednesday’s investigative piece.

Limor noted that, “In 2005, a Gallup poll found only 13 percent of women in the United States owned guns. By 2011that number had jumped to 23 percent and it continues to grow today.”

Cincinnati is not an isolated case. The Cortez, Colo., Journal newspaper reported the other day that the Montezuma County Sheriff’s office has seen a spike in the number of concealed carry permit applications from women, more than ten times the number reported in 2008.

Earlier this year, New York Magazine did a piece on “The Rise of the Female Gun Nut,” and in August, The Portland Phoenix did a piece that discussed the rising trend of female gun ownership, and the phenomenon has also gotten attention from CBS News. Women & Guns magazine, owned by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), reports estimates ranging from 12 to 17 million women gun owners in the country today.

One of those would be Emily Miller, whose book “Emily Gets Her Gun…But Obama Wants To Take Yours” is becoming something of a cult favorite. Miller is the petite senior opinion editor for the Washington Times, and a real scrapper when it comes to debating gun politics with the likes of CNN’s Piers Morgan and other anti-gunners. Her story of dealing with Washington, D.C.s anti-gun bureaucracy simply to exercise a constitutional right has earned critical praise within and beyond the firearms community.

Miller wanted a gun after coming face-to-face with a burglar in the home of a friend. Her story is both gripping and frustrating, as one realizes many in government do everything they can to discourage citizens from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

So, which women provide the more practical role models, the ones who are arming due to “concerns over their safety or the safety of their families,” as WXIX’s Limor reported, or those like Jennifer Hope, an MDAGSA chapter leader in Colorado who talks about “gun reform” and “gun safety” as though people don’t realize these are mere masking phrases for gun control?

That MDAGSA has merged with MAIG might raise some eyebrows. According to SAF, the Mayors group, founded by billionaire anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino back in 2006 has some dirty laundry in its background.

One of its members was convicted of attempted child molestation and luring a child for illicit purposes. Another was convicted of possessing child pornography. Others have been convicted of such things as bribery, assault, racketeering, embezzlement and extortion. No group should be judged by the misconduct of a few people, including gun owners.

As noted above, MDAGSA claims 130,000 members, while there could be as many as 12 million to 17 million female gun owners. MAIG claims more than 1,000 members, while there are about five million members of the National Rifle Association, another 650,000 to 700,000 members and supporters of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and SAF, and even accounting for lots of membership crossover, that puts the number of active members probably in excess of six or seven million. Which numbers potentially represent broader diversity?

Like other anti-gun groups, MDAGSA appears to be working off the same agenda. They want so-called “universal background checks,” they want to ban so-called “assault weapons” and original capacity magazines, and require “product safety oversight’” on firearms, as if any of these things will prevent a crazy person from committing a mass attack, or stop a thug from pulling an armed robbery.

On the other hand, it appears millions of women have adopted a different strategy. Instead of talking in platitudes about crime, they've decided to fight back.

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