By Alan Brooks
The anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held rallies yesterday in 50 cities across 36 states. Their Jessie Jackson-esque message on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting: “No more silence. End gun violence.” Unfortunately, their rally in front of City Hall in Austin, Texas was less than spectacular. Maybe it was the cold, windy weather. Maybe it was poorly-promoted. Or maybe there just aren’t that many people who agree with MDA’s message of civilian disarmament. Whatever the reason, the turnout was small. Minuscule, even. All of twelve to fifteen people were there (mostly white, middle-aged, upper-middle class women) — and nearly as many reporters . . .
If I hadn’t been looking for the rally I wouldn’t have noticed it and I certainly wouldn’t have known what their cause was. Most of the women were huddled around, sipping Starbucks coffee and discussing their holiday plans. A few of them were talking to camera crews and spouting generic anti-gun talking points: “common sense gun control,” “universal background checks,” “thousands of children killed by gun violence,” emotional appeals, and a broad plea that “something” be done.
There were no counter-protesters, no police and only two people there (that I know of) with CHLs. No one walking past even seemed to pay much attention to the women drinking their lattes. So forty-five minutes after the rally had begun, the reporters started packing up. And so did the moms.