It is our greatest hope that President Obama will make it clear in his State of the Union address that his main priority in the coming year will be pushing new and stronger gun laws through Congress. Yes, there is much work we need to do as a country, but nothing is more important than the safety of our children and families.
For too long, the conversation about gun violence in America has been controlled by those who stand to profit from easy access to guns. In the meantime, American families continue to be destroyed by gun violence. Mothers have had enough, and we will no longer stand by and let Congress turn its back on sensible gun laws.
We hope that in his State of the Union address, the President will recognize that there is a new groundswell of mothers who, because of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, are standing up and testifying at public hearings, packing town hall meetings, holding marches and rallies, and demanding stronger gun laws. We are accidental activists, and we are the wave of change in America.
Shannon Watts is the founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control, a bi-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that have jeopardized the safety of our children and families. In just 8 weeks, One Million Moms for Gun Control has garnered tens of thousands of members and established 80 local chapters across the country.