Originally created 05/14/00

Politicizing Mother's Day



If you bet on the Big Game lottery you lost, but if you bet that the Million Mom March scheduled in Washington today will not turn out a million moms, you'll win big time.

The best advanced estimates are that from 10,000 to 100,000 will show up, and they won't all be mothers. Some will be activists or politicians running for office.

We think it's great for Americans to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble to petition their government for a redress of grievances. But it's also the right of other Americans to disagree with the grievances, particularly when they clash with another constitutional amendment, in this case the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Our problem with today's Million Mom March is that it's not, as it has been described, a spontaneous, grass-roots movement. It's basically a well-organized, leftist-sponsored pro-gun control rally. Organizers of the event have close personal and financial ties to the Clinton administration and a host of liberal causes.

The rally's founder is Dan Rather's former publicist and media whiz Donna Dees-Thomases, the sister-in-law of a close friend and adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a passionate gun control advocate. Appearing at the mom-and-apple-pie rally will be Tipper Gore and, of course, Rodham Clinton.

Rally speakers will push restrictive gun legislation currently pending before Congress, including banning gun shows, repealing key parts of the 1986 Firearms Owners' Protection Act, limiting gun purchases to one a month and a resolution urging further limits on states' conceal-carry laws. Democrats in Congress will respond with supportive speeches of their own. And the television cameras will show Tipper Gore and Rodham Clinton kissing babies.

Despite all the gun-loathing propagandizing, what you won't hear much of is a call by speakers to enforce the literally thousands of existing gun safety laws already on the books. It's better politically to push for new ones.

If Democrats want to take over Mother's Day and use it as a day to push for more gun control, we'd just hate to see what they'll try to make out of Easter: A day to push for federal control of nails?

Mothers Day is a tradition we all should cherish. It's an occasion when Americans unite around and celebrate the beliefs they have in common - the sanctity of motherhood, the goodness of families, the nurturing of children, preservation of family values and the love of God and country.

It should not be politicized.