Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gather to protest.
The National Rifle Association, which has torpedoed gun control bills for 30 years, is facing a formidable opponent: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The 1.5 million member-organization hopes to capitalize on gender differences in Americans' attitudes towards guns to elect candidates to Congress and state legislatures who support universal backgroundchecks for gun buyers and limitations on child access to guns.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, the leading proponent of gun control legislation in Congress since 1997, believes this is a good plan.
"Over the years, I have had many colleagues tell me that they would like to support my bills but are terrified to do so because the NRA would end their legislative careers in the next election," said McCarthy, a New York Democrat, in a phone interview. "To overcome this logjam, Congress must become more afraid of the moms than the NRA."