Ind. mom launches online crusade for gun control

12/18/2012

For Shannon Watts, the shock of the Connecticut school shootings quickly turned to anger — and then to action.

The Zionsville, Ind., mother of five, drawing on her days as a public relations executive with Fortune 500 companies, used social media during the weekend to launch a new organization: One Million Moms for Gun Control. Her goal is to counter the powerful influence of the National Rifle Association.

Watts envisions the new group as a digital-age counterpart to groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an "instant grass-roots" force to lobby local, state and federal officials for stronger gun laws.

She is off to a fast start. She has been joined by more than 1,600 others -- mostly mothers like her -- in the group she launched over the weekend via Facebook. Many volunteered to start local and state chapters, with interest stretching from New York to Atlanta to Chicago to San Francisco.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/18/mom-launches-gun-control-crusade/1776929/


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