Sunday, May 13, 2001

Pro-gun women plan rally

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — The Second Amendment Sisters, a group of pro-gun activists that includes many mothers, will rally on Mother's Day in opposition to tighter gun control laws.

        The group isn't a bunch of “camo-wearing, gun-toting, tobacco-chewing women” as some perceive them to be, said Diana Bucholtz, SAS's Ohio co-coordinator and head of its Dayton chapter.

        “We're just people,” said Ms. Bucholtz, of Laura, a village northwest of Dayton. “We are lawyers, doctors, teachers. We're just real women who feel we have to fight for the Second Amendment.”

        Like many members of the Million Mom March — a national organization dedicated to preventing gun deaths — members of SAS are loving mothers, Ms. Bucholtz said.

        “The Million Mom (women) don't speak for all women,” she said. “Not all women want gun control. We can't let our voice not be heard.”

        SAS and Million Mom March chapters will hold dueling Mother's Day rallies in Columbus on Sunday.

        Ohio's five Million Mom March chapters and the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence will rally at the Statehouse from noon to 4 p.m. SAS, which started last year nationally in response to Million Mom March, will rally at Bicentennial Park from 1 to 4 p.m.


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