"We have the right to protect our children": Mother joins group to end gun violence.

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"We have the right to protect our children": Mother joins group to end gun violence.

CREATED Feb. 1, 2013

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With barrels blazing in the national battle over guns, mothers and activists, Renee Horton and Jocelyn Strauss, are taking a stand on the homefront against gun violence.

"We have to have mothers stand up, instead of being on the sidelines, we have the right to the Second Amendment, but we also have the right to protect our children," said Horton.

Together, they are organizing the Tucson chapter of a nationwide grassroots group called 'One Million Moms for Gun Control', started by Shannon Watts, a Indiana mother of five.

"We know this is going to be a long term battle and we know that the gun lobby will want to wear us down, but we're in it for the long haul," said Horton.

The group is demanding action on the following gun control measures:

1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds.

2) Require background checks for all gun purchasers.

3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF.

4) Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level.
9OYS's Alexis Fernandez asked Horton what her response was to critics who say that guns don't kill people, it's the people behind the guns?

"A gun is still a tool that can kill somebody, can't go off in general. [A] gun with ammunition of 30 round clips can kill a lot of people -- that gun off the street will kill fewer people," she said.

Strauss says it's about tackling one issue of a bigger problem.

"What we're asking for can happen in a shorter amount time than addressing the mental health issues and the inner city violence," she said.

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