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Gun Marches Set for Mother's Day

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DENVER (AP) — Around the country this Mother's Day, moms will square off against moms in dueling rallies for and against gun control.

While gun control advocates will gather in at least 60 cities for the Million Mom March on May 14, gun rights supporters will take part in the Armed Informed Mother's March in about a dozen cities.

Opposing rallies will be held in at least four cities: Washington, Denver, Los Angeles and Tulsa, Okla.

``We didn't want the Million Mom March to have a day of free press coverage where they make it seem like they speak for all women because, believe me, they don't,'' said Debra Collins of Second Amendment Sisters, which is organizing the pro-gun march.

The Million Mom March is being organized by Donna Dees-Thomases of New Jersey, who became active in the debate after watching TV coverage of the siege by a white supremacist gunman of a Jewish Community Center in Southern California last year.

The group is pressing Congress for stricter gun control, including licensing and registration for all handgun owners, built-in child safety locks and a limit on handgun purchases to one a month.

The Dallas-based Second Amendment Sisters was formed by five women in response to the Million Mom March. Its members believe new gun laws should be aimed at violent criminals, not law-abiding firearm owners, Collins said.

Collins was 21 when her former husband forced his way into her mother's home, where she held him at bay with a shotgun. She said she is not sure what would have happened if more restrictive gun laws had prevented her from owning a weapon.

Collins said the group has not accepted money from the powerful gun lobby, notably the National Rifle Association, partly to prevent the Mother's Day showdown from turning into ``the NRA vs. the mommies.''

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On the Net: Second Amendment Sisters http://www.sas-aim.org

Million Mom March http://www.millionmommarch.com
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