Motivated moms--could they be a game changer in the gun debate?
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Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Moms outraged over the death of so many children in the Newtown school shooting are focusing their maternal instincts on reducing gun deaths and history suggests when motivated moms pull together, they can be a game changer.
Tucson members of Moms Demand Action held a stroller jam near Senator Mc Cain's office. It's part of a national effort for what the Moms call common sense gun laws.
Moms in Virginia rolled into the office of Senator Mark Warner.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked Jocelyn Strauss of Moms Demand Action: "Is there really something to the moral authority of, hey, listen to your mother?"
"Yeah. I think so," said Strauss. "I think moms really get that, like attention of moms and grandmas and we're all standing up and saying, we've had enough. I mean, the majority of the moms involved have never done anything political including myself. This has really galvanized people especially after Sandy Hook to really step forward and say, enough is enough."
Moms Demand Action is growing fast. They formed in December and their website indicates more than 100 chapters.
These Moms look to how Mothers Against Drunk Driving, got tougher laws, and a big drop in DUI deaths.
Candy Lightner founded MADD after a drunk driver killed her daughter. Cindy Lamb joined in after a drunk driver crippled her baby. They and other angry moms grew MADD into a nationwide force lawmakers listened to.
MADD is very clear it is not taking sides in the gun debate but the executive director of MADD Arizona says that protective instinct gives moms an extra drive on any issue.
Susan Kavanaugh said, "When I think of mothers, I think of the mother bear. We'd do anything to take care of our children. We'd do anything to make our community safe because the community is where we live with other mothers and with other mothers' children."
We are not going to suggest men are impaired in their protective instincts. MADD now includes a lot of men. Now, the name Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognizes how the group got it's start.