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Wayne Mom Looks for Support on Gun Control

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, one local mom set out to advocate for new gun laws.

Like many mothers, Nadine Freedman was appalled and immediately identified with mothers whose children fell victim in December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But perhaps unlike some mothers, Freedman set out—two days later—to make a difference in her community.

Even though it took her an entire half day to hear about the Connectifcut shooting, the Wayne mother of two leapt into action to start the South Eastern Pennsyvlania chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control.

On the day of the December 14 shooting, Freedman picked up her two children—six and eight—from a half day at their school. After tending to them the rest of the day at her mother's house, Freedman had no exposure to news. But when her husband called and told her about the shooting several hundred miles away, she immediately empathized.

"I can’t even explain how I felt and how I felt for those parents," she said. "I couldn’t even go there in my mind. It’s really hard when you have small children and you see something like that."

Freedman started the Southeastern chapter—which includes Philadelphia along with the suburbs—on December 17.

One Million Moms for Gun Control advocates for four main points:

  1. Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds
  2. Require background checks for gun purchases
  3. Report large-quantity sales of ammunition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  4. Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level

Freedman likened a lot of the points regarding keeping tabs on folks with guns to car registration.

"Every year you have to register your car, write down your odometer reading," she said. "We just accept these things as normal because we should we live in a society where everyone’s trying to live in a norma,l peaceful life, and these things make it easy."

While her chapter only has a Facebook page and about 250 members, Freedman plans on forming alliances with locals as well as legislators. And in addition to being a mother of two, Freedman runs two businesses with her husband. But that doesn't stop her from being involved in gun control advocacy.

"My emotions got me involved but my head keeps me involved in the process," she said. "Going forward we need to just make a difference here."

Freedman isn't typically fired up about politics, she sees this cause as an obligation for the betterment of her children and future grandchildren's lives.

"I’ve laid pretty low my whole life, I’m not a very political person," she said. "I don’t see this as a political issue, I see this as a safety issue."

But advocacy doesn't come without a price—Freedman said she's recieved her fair share of nasty emails. She hopes education will solve that kind of negativity.

"I know there’s so many arguments and people feel that their rights are being infringed upon," she said. "You can’t go fire in a crowded in a theater. The fact is, the Second Amendment isn’t an absolute and you have to be reasonable when you’re interpreting it."

She added: "I think a reasonable study of history and the laws would make it pretty clear that [our founding fathers] couldn’t have envisioned society being where it is today."

I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out February 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Try regulating stupid instead of infringing on the 2nd Amendment. Deranged crazy people are the mass killers and her ideas won't put a stop to them, nor would any of her ideas prevented the most recent mass killing in CT.
Edward N Flail, Jr February 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The second amendment does not permit regulating the type of guns, magazine size or the amount of ammunition. It is not there to protect us from each other but to protect us from government. If you allow any restriction on weaponry, you are infringing that right, and it would be a bad and illegal precedent. Keeping the perps and nuts from getting guns is the only legitimate inquiry, but the government is too concerned with violating their rights. Every one of these mass shootings is done by a person who is determined to be a criminal or a nut. Keeping guns out of their hands is the direction we should be taking, so I support 2 and 3 of the above points, but I do not support 1 and 4. I don't shoot but maybe once a year, but I am a Life Member of the NRA because I am concerned about those who know nothing about guns dictating what laws are passed to "control" them. BTW, your analogy between yearly registration of guns and cars is wrong. Driving is a privilege, gun ownership is a right. You cannot register a car if you don't have a driver's license.
Christopher Merken February 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
The Second Amendment doesn't prohibit regulating the type of guns, magazine size or the amount of ammunition. In fact it doesn't regulate anything about the production or capacity of firearms. And as Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says, all powers not expressly stated herin (also referring to the Bill of Rights) are reserved to the Congress. So your first point is invalid. Second, the Second Amendment is NOT to protect us from the government. That's simply not what it does. Perhaps you need to read your Constitution again. The Second Amendment calls for basically arming the National Guard. It's for citizens to keep and bear arms under a well regulated militia (the part that so many gun enthusiasts seem to forget) necessary for the defense of the state. Not against the government. So your second point is also invalid. Third, of course everyone who commits a mass shooting is a criminal. By very definition they have to be a criminal if they've committed a mass shooting. I don't exactly think you know what you were trying to say there, but feel free to try again. Fourth, it's the arrogance of people like you who don't actually know what they're talking about that is causing the problems.
Anthony Wayne February 18, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Just what the country needs, more fascist gun grabbers. When will the misinformed moms wake up to realize that two wrongs still don't make a right. Chris, sounds like you forgot your meds again.
G Morrison February 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Link to the Facebook page? A lot of people want to join. God bless her.
Nadine Freedman February 19, 2013 at 02:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Moms-For-Gun-Control-PA-SE-PA-Region-Philadelphia-Chapter/112211645614904 Thank you! ~Nadine Freedman
Linda G February 19, 2013 at 02:35 PM
@Christopher.... It is the "right of the people" to which the 2nd Amendment pertains, NOT the National Guard, which is an arm of the govt. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
AJ February 19, 2013 at 08:15 PM
More blah,blah,blah from gun grabbers. Why don't we ban cars? There is no constitutional right to own a car, they kill thousands of people a year. The only things more laws do is create more criminals. Fix the mental health laws first.

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