Moms take on the fight for stricter gun laws

Cathy Weinmann is one of millions of Moms Demanding Action for Gun Sense. (WTHR)
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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — Two mass shootings in two days has the attention of a nationwide gun safety organization started on a kitchen table in Zionsville.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense cut short it's national convention in Washington DC. Instead, thousands of members, some from Indiana, marched to the White House after the mass shooting in El Paso. A second mass shooting in Dayton claimed even more lives before the night was over.

'We don't have to live like this," Cathy Weinmann said. She joined Moms Demand Action four years ago.

"We are in a battle for the lives of our children, the lives of our grandchildren," she said. "I want to go to the grocery store and not be afraid of being shot."

Zionsville mom Shannon Watts started Mom's Demand Action after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Less than seven years later, the group has six million members in 50 states.

Mass shootings put a national spotlight on the tragic violence that plagues communities every day.

"There are 100 people killed by guns every day in the US. Most of those are not mass shootings, " Weinmann said.

Mom's Demanding Action marches through streets, state houses and Congress. It wants a federal red flag law allowing authorities to size guns from owners who are known threats to themselves or others.

It's lobbying for nationwide background checks for all gun sales. The group claims one-fourth of guns are purchased with out any checks.

"There would be a lot fewer guns getting in the hands of the wrong people to begin with and that would be huge," Weinmann said.

The group is fighting an uphill battle. It points to several states were gun laws have changed and claims many political victories.

"We will not stop," Weinmann promised. " We will not stop until we have curbed gun violence in this country and groups like the NRA have lost their power."