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Conference of Mayors Endorses “Million Mom March, Mothers’ Day 2000™” on Gun Safety

By Ed Somers


On May 14, Mothers’ Day 2000, mothers from across the nation will march in Washington, DC and cities and states across the nation in support of common-sense gun safety legislation.

This grassroots initiative has been endorsed by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, through a vote of the Executive Committee on January 27, 2000.

In commenting on this effort, Conference President Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb said, “The nation’s mayors are committed to a comprehensive effort on reducing gun violence, and helping to keep guns away from kids and criminals. The U.S. Congress and many state legislatures have not yet heeded our call, and we are proud to join the Million Mom March to push our elected representatives into action.”

The mission statement of the Million Mom March says, “We, the mothers, are calling on Congress to enact common sense gun control legislation by Mothers’ Day 2000.”

The group has endorsed:

  • Sensible “cooling off” periods and background checks for weapons purchases;

  • Licensing handgun owners and registering all handguns;

  • Safety locks for all handguns;

  • One-handgun-per-month purchasing limits;

  • “No nonsense” enforcement of gun laws;

  • Enlistment of help from corporate America; and

  • Recruitment of mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, and future mothers from all walks of life.

The mission statement adds, “Come May 14, the mini-van brigade will car pool it to Washington, DC, either in celebration of sensible legislation or in protest against hypocrisy and bipartisan ineptitude.”

“We mothers are now issuing a resounding time-out to all contrary legislators,” said Donna Dees-Thomases, mother of two and organizer of the Million Mom March, Mothers’ Day 2000.

In addition to the march in Washington, DC, marches are being organized in state capitals and cities across the nation.

Addition information regarding the initiative can be found at www.millionmommarch.com.

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