Guns and Mothers

Categories: Politics
53min | 2004
Two advocacy groups, The Million Moms and the Second Amendment Sisters, are diametrically opposed on gun control, but they agree on one point: mothers will and should have a voice in determining gun control policy in America. GUNS & MOTHERS explores the grassroots beliefs of both movements by focusing on two different women, living in two different Americas. Two advocacy groups, The Million Moms and the Second Amendment Sisters, are diametrically opposed on gun control, but they agree on one point: mothers will and should have a voice in determining gun control policy in America. GUNS & MOTHERS explores the grassroots beliefs of both movements by focusing on two different women, living in two different Americas. Maria Heil has four children and lives in rural Pennsylvania. Convinced that a gun is a woman's best tool for self-defense, she's become active with the Second Amendment Sisters. These women believe guns are the most effective way a woman can protect herself and her family. They quote statistics about lives saved by the use of guns to support their views. The film follows their parallel crusades over the course of a year, starting on Mother's Day 2000 when the two movements were born with the Million Mom March on Washington and the Second Amendment Sisters' smaller counter-rally that same day. Fueled by the national shock and outrage over the shootings at Columbine High School, the Million Moms were committed to using the wholesome image of mom and apple pie to get Congress to hear their concerns. With inside access to both sides, filmmaker Thom Powers shows how both the Million Moms and the NRA recruited women; how tempers flared around the gun issue; how presidential candidates handled the debate; and how the movements looked a year later. Throughout the narrative, two keen observers of gun politics, author Robert Spitzer and New York Times journalist Fox Butterfield, shed light on the dialogue. As Butterfield says, "People in America have two entirely different experiences with guns. As long as there's such a huge chasm between the two sides, it's very hard to get them agree on any new proposals. There appears to be no middle ground."

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Topics: Politics, Government, Gun Control, Advocacy, Protection, Children, Violence, Death, Law, Movement, Congress
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Nic Jay
Nic Jay
January 22, 2014
C
People are silly when it comes to guns. Law abiding people need licenses for so many things, practice medicine, drive, practice law, be a building contractor, or work if you are under a certain age, but somehow owning a deadly weapon is different.
BillnCara Elrod
BillnCara Elrod
October 7, 2013
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Dong Phan
Dong Phan
September 18, 2013
A
Larry Garant
Larry Garant
August 2, 2013
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