Women's Groups Take Opposing Views in Mother's Day Protests

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Two diametrically opposed groups of women will converge upon the nation's capitol on Mother's Day taking up the issue of the Second Amendment versus gun control.

The Second Amendment Sisters, a recently formed group of women dedicated to preserving their right to defend themselves with firearms, is planning a Mother's Day rally near the Washington Monument, calling it the Armed Informed Mothers March.

While the Million Mom March will involve demands for "common sense" gun control laws, the Armed Informed Mothers March will call for enforcement of current gun laws to become more common.

The Second Amendment Sisters rally organizers contend that their efforts are in response to the Million Mom March, also set for Mother's Day. While the Moms will rally for more gun control, the Sisters will demand that Congress preserve an individual's right to self-defense. Organizers for the Sisters counter-protest want to prevent the Moms anti-gun rally from appearing to represent the opinions of all women.

Second Amendment Sisters spokesperson Juli Bednarzyk said organizers are expecting more than 1,000 participants to attend the rally set to begin around 9 a.m. Sunday, May 14, which will culminate in a march down Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Capitol.

Moms organizers are striving to amass 50,000 participants in Washington and others gathered in satellite rallies across the country. New Jersey mother Donna Dees-Thomases initiated the gun control rally last fall and has garnered the support of gun control advocates like the Bell Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Handgun Control Inc.

The Second Amendment Sisters have received bitter voice mail messages regarding their counter protest plans, Bednarzyk said. One caller rejected the group's use of statistics which suggest that a gun is used every 13 seconds to defend an innocent person against a would-be predator. The caller opined that if all guns were eliminated, there would be no need for such self-defense.

Informed Armed Mothers is calling for tougher sentencing for violent criminals, the "absolute right to self-defense", safety education and more responsible, involved parenting.