A mother who was outraged by a white supremacist’s attack on children at a Jewish community center last year has launched the Million Mom March campaign — expected to become the largest gun control demonstration ever in the U.S., the Associated Press reports.
After seeing news coverage of the attack on a Jewish Community Center in California last August, Donna Dees-Thomases launched the grassroots campaign by registering a Web site.
Mostly by word of mouth, the campaign has grown to include 500 mothers working out of their homes and an Washington, D.C.
The Mother’s Day rally is expected to draw 100,000 people to the National Mall in Washington. Demonstrations are also scheduled in 20 cities throughout the U.S., AP says.
The group is pushing for stricter gun control, including licensing and registration requirements and built-in child safety locks.
"Mothers are an important voice in this debate," said Shannon Frattaroli, researcher at the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University.
"A grassroots movement may be what’s needed in order to change voting behavior," she told AP.