Life Lessons: Gun control debate--Moms demand action

Posted: 5:00 AM EDT May 07, 2013

The gun control issue continues to be hotly debated. Now, some moms are taking matters into their own hands.

A group of women in Indiana has started a movement it hopes will get the whole nation involved.

These women represent one side of the gun control debate. They're part of "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America."

Group member Kim Russell said after the school shootings in Connecticut in December, she felt she had to get involved.

"We were all just affected at our core, and we had to act," Russell said.

Fellow group member Marie Delus agrees saying, "One little child, one little baby getting shot is enough for me."

The group has 65,000 members and counting.

Their goal? Gather a million moms and convince lawmakers to ban weapons of more than 10 rounds, require background checks, report sales of large quantities of ammunition, and limit the scope of concealed weapon laws at the state level.

Kim says, "It's easier for you to get a gun than it is to buy Sudafed!"

Their demands come as more and more women are now picking up guns for sport and for protection.

Alexis Thompson is one of those women. She says, "I don't believe guns are the problem at all. I believe it's the people."

Some women, like Jenni Jones Gooch, want guns for protection. "I need to physically be able to handle whatever comes at me, if it ever does," she says.

Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children between ages one and 19 in the US.

But pro-gun organizations like the NRA say, "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," calling on Congress to put armed security in every school across the nation. It's a debate that will likely continue for years to come.

You can visit Moms Demand Action's website for more information.