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We need a MADD for school gun violence

People gather for a candlelight vigil Thursday in honor of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The Parkland school tragedy reminds us that when drunk driving deaths became intolerable, a group of Texas women formed Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). State by state, MADD advocates influenced new and strengthened laws against drunk driving. The tide of public opinion was turned, and none could stand against laws that could protect young people and all drivers.

Now, a corollary organization could begin to accomplish similar results to curb the national epidemic of gun violence in schools and elsewhere. Every male politician who wears the blinders of specious Second Amendment reasoning has a mother, a wife, daughters, sisters or others who can outvote him. The women just need a spark of leadership to carry similar political effect as the recent women's marches and the #MeToo movement. The political weight of concerted action by moms (and dads) would far surpass the few million NRA members who hold hostage so many members of Congress and state legislatures (“In a Florida high school, another tragedy; let’s not let it be another missed opportunity,” Feb. 15).

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And think: MADD was formed and became effective in the pre-social media era when communications and organization were far more difficult. Any persons agreeing that moms can rise again to combat a social evil are free to begin tweeting or forming other social media threads. It can start here and now.

David Kirby, Baltimore

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