The morning after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shannon Watts founded One Million Moms for Gun Control. Mother of five, Watts wrote on Huffington Post that the tragedy in Newtown was an epiphany for her:
I, like many American mothers, looked on for decades as gun violence increased and gun laws loosened. I hoped I could make a difference by raising compassionate children. I hoped that the President, our Congress, and our state and local legislators would act to protect us.
No more dependence on the actions of others; it is our time as mothers to rise up as a collective force and demand action on gun control.
The organization wants to enact “common sense” gun control laws, such as re-instituting the assault weapons ban and passing other laws limiting gun availability and misuse in the U.S.
On January 26, One Million Moms for Gun Control co-sponsored the March on Washington for Gun Control. In the video above, John Zangas interviews Shannon Watts at the conclusion of the march.