2000-04-22 / Editorial/Opinion


Moms To March Against Guns

John Price, 13, was killed at a neighbor’s house in Baltimore two years ago when a nine year old boy took a 9mm Ruger handgun from a dresser drawer and shot John while he was watching a television show. The nine year old assured John just before the shot, "It’s not loaded, look. . .", just before the gun fired a single bullet, killing John instantly. John’s mom, Carole will be at the Million Mom March.

Yvonne Pope, a Brooklyn mother, is grieving for her son who was killed on a basketball court in New York nearly seven years ago. Yvonne will be at the march. Thousands and thousands more mothers who were devastated by the senseless violence of the Columbine shooting last year will also be attending the Million Mom March

More than 100,000 people are expected to show up for next month’s Million Mom March in Washington D.C. on Mother’s Day, and countless thousands more say they will rally in 20 other cities to push for tougher gun-control legislation. Television talk show host Rosie O’Donnell will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the national event that will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh Streets NW in our nation’s capital. An interfaith prayer service is scheduled for 10 a.m.

The goal of the Million Mom March is to put pressure on Congress and other elected officials to pass more gun control legislation, particularly legislation that will effectively remove the possibility of children shooting other children, and innocent children becoming the victims of random gun shots. Who better than mothers to put the pressure on the powers to be to keep their babes safe? Organizers of the march are demanding laws that will mandate background checks for handgun purchasers and require handgun owners to be licensed and to register their firearms. Mandating safety locks on all guns is also a goal of the group.

Donna Dees-Thomases is the New Jersey mother who founded the Million Mom March. She reports that buses will be coming from as far away as Minnesota, Texas and California. One hundred buses are expect from Pennsylvania, and a specially chartered, and an appropriately named "Mama Train", from Newark, is scheduled to pull into Union Station on Mother’s Day with 1,000 people ready to march. Among all the locations organizers hope that a more than a million people will turn out.

Moms who can’t get to Washington are encouraged to find a local march to participate in this Mother’s Day. Mom’s have to say, "Stop the killing, stop the violence. Our children are our future, we have to protect them." Write to your congressman and other elected officials (See Wave, Page 4 for a listing of all of Rockaway’s elected officials) and urge them to adopt stronger gun control regulations.

For additional information on all the latest details on the Mother’s Day march, contact www.millionmommarch.com.


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