400 Moms Just Flooded The Colorado Capitol Building To Demand Action On Gun Control

“It matters to show up. [Our legislators] need to see us.”

The debate over gun control has become more and more of a hot topic in the wake of recent tragedies like the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. It's caused many, including high school students, to turn to political activism in order to pressure legislators to enact policies that they believe could prevent more mass shootings. National groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was formed after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, have been at the forefront of the gun reform movement and recently staged a takeover of the Colorado Capitol building to make their voices heard.

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400 members of Moms Demand Action's Colorado chapter gathered at the capitol on March 5 to lobby for what they call common-sense gun control. The move was part of actions taken all over the US by the group since the school shooting at Sandy Hook. 

"We're a group of moms whose primary concern is our children," Moms Demand Action Colorado chapter member Jen Clenahan told HuffPost. "It matters to show up. [Our legislators] need to see us."

The move is meant to capitalize on the wave that student activists have created in the wake of the Parkland shooting. The defiance and anger expressed by the young activists as they come up against legislators has changed something about the fight for reform, according to Clenahan. "The kids are taking the lead," Clenahan told HuffPost. "They're not just grieving; they're angry."

While Moms Demand Action's effort was commendable, the Colorado State Senate still passed a bill that would strip away Colorado's licensing process for concealed carry permits and another that repeals limits on high-capacity magazines put in place after the 1999 Columbine shooting. Though it's unlikely that either bill will make it past the state's Democratic House, the women still made a point to speak with their representatives to make sure their feelings about the bills were heard.

Political pressure has proved effective in other states. In Oregon, a gun safety law was passed this week that bars individuals with a stalking or domestic violence conviction from buying or keeping guns. Meanwhile, in Florida, the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" was passed amid pressure from student activists and the scrutiny of the national media. The act raises the legal age to buy a gun to 21 and bans the sale of bump stocks.

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