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Bridget Johnson

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February 19, 2013 - 7:56 am

Gun-control activists are facing a challenge to stay in the headlines, competing with everything from budget sequestration to immigration reform.

The latest effort by gun-control activists is a million-kids march on Washington. Originally thought to be slated for Feb. 17, organizers indicated in the event page’s comment section they’re looking for a new date.

Planners indicated in a January blog post they want the march to be “just prior to any gun safety legislation being considered by Congress, so our march can have maximum influence on the debate.”

Last week, supporters were told that the march is tentatively scheduled for May.

“Our effort at that time will be focused on showing the House that we will not allow them to recess for summer without instituting the meaningful and common-sense changes in gun control law that the majority of our nation agree with and demand,” wrote volunteer organizer Kristen Pettit. “We are forging alliances with important collaborators to ensure that our march will have the greatest impact. And we promise, though May seems far from now, the wait will be short and worthwhile and our march will have great effect.”

Organizers say they’re seeking a “cultural change” on guns, and on the chosen march participants, “Who could say no to a million kids?”

“Participating in the MKM offers kids the experience of a lifetime, empowering a generation to engage and take action around the issues they care about,” organizers pitch. “The MKM is a potential win-win on every front: political, legislative, cultural, educational.”

Two of the founders of the Million-Kids March idea are Jen Bluestein, communications director at EMILY’s List, and Emily Lockwood, new media director at EMILY’s List, a PAC that soley supports women candidates who back abortion rights.

The director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns said Congress needs to fast-track gun control even while acknowledging “you will never stop all of the shootings.”

“Of course I think we should expect things to be faster,” Mark Glaze said for the 650-mayor group on MSNBC. “The only way that’s gonna happen is if the American people continue to do what they’ve been doing since Newtown and before, which is calling a member of Congress and writing a member of Congress, making sure they know this is a front-burner issue for them, and as long as 33 Americans are murdered with guns every day none of us is moving fast enough.”

He said making the background check system more stringent is “the single biggest thing you can do to get a handle on the gun problem in the country.”

“It is not a complete solution. You will never stop all of the shootings. We’re also supporting a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and a limit on rounds of ammunition magazines can carry. Those are all part of the picture,” Glaze said.

“For a long time the NRA has been the only game one in town and their electoral strength was vastly exaggerated,” the career strategist added. “Back in November they spent more than $100,000 on only seven Senate races; they lost in six of those. But when you are the only game in town on the electoral side, members of Congress have a real struggle doing what most of them want to do, which is keep their streets safe.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Abortions kill more kids than guns every year.
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Guns do not cause crime. The type of killings Obama and his minions are railing about are caused by nut bags like Adam Lanza (CT) and Jared Lee Loughner (AZ). Therefore, taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will not prevent these crimes, especially where we start with 300 million guns in the country. Gun control as proposed by Obama is about (a) growing government and (b) curtailing individual rights and responsibilities.

The big item in the liberal proposal is going to be gun registration, a necessary component of mandatory background checks for every weapons sale or transfer, including those between friends and relatives, which is a prelude to gun confiscation. Of course, registration requires a new bureaucracy to keep track of hundreds of millions of guns, which means new taxes to pay for them. It's hard to predict how many new G-men and women will be needed to carry out registration but they will need a lot more when they implement stage 2, confiscation.

PABill is right - Stop this gun control a/s/a/p.
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Shakesheare wrote, "Small fires are quickly trodden out; which being suffered rivers cannot quench." Let's put out this gun control effort before it becomes to big to defeat, like Obamacare.
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Abortions kill more kids than guns every year.
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The logic of leftists such that is, which is no logic at all, says, "Who can say no to a million kids." So, if conservatives marched a million kids on Washington opposing abortion, then these liberals would instantly capitulate to 'common-sense' abortion legislation, right? I'll won't cease to respire normally.
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Every year we have the "Million Mother March for Death" hosted by Planned Parenthood, so hey why not...
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"Who can say no to a million kids?"

Ummm, apparently you can, Emily's List. You know 55 million of them.
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I can say no to a million kids (which it wont be) hollering about the need for gun control guided by left wing idiots. Their parents protect them I have never seen a kid carrying a cop on their back nor have a seen an individual citizen that has a cop a a companion at all times so what about those times when you get into a situation where someone who is armed can neutralize the situation?

An armed society of private citizens is indeed a polite and mostly criminal free society, just look at crime stats from states that have "Shall Issue permits to carry handguns" Then look at Chicago (currently the gun murder capital of the country) or Washington D.C. and other antigun states or locales!
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Well said.......and I can say "No!" to a a gaggle of kids being so manipulated.
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