The Colorado rally was just one of the dozens taking place this week.
As the U.S. approaches the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting, activism to enable stricter gun control laws has reached a fever pitch, most recently with a Colorado Capitol building takeover by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. To make their voices heard at the literal doorstep of state legislators, 400 members of the organization’s Colorado chapter occupied the building with signs and peaceful protests, in much the same way student activism has taken shape in new ways since the Feb. 14 tragedy.
One participating member, Jen Clenahan, declared to the Huffington Post that the moms themselves are taking their cues from the student activists, saying, "The kids are taking the lead. They're not just grieving; they're angry.”
Buoying their unified voice were the visuals of the 400+ activists occupying the halls of the state’s legislature.
Last year at the @MomsDemand Colorado Advocacy Day: 100 Today: Nearly 400 #coleg https://t.co/LX4eGvoIR0— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1520273268
Great turnout here at the CO State Capitol, as we make voices heard meeting with our representatives. @MomsDemand… https://t.co/X9PvGozrFJ— Mike Massé (@Mike Massé) 1520272591
Something is happening in Colorado! One year ago at the state Capitol, compared to today. Colorado @MomsDemand is… https://t.co/BBT0ZW3h2O— ColoradoMomDoc (@ColoradoMomDoc) 1520289740
While their numbers are impressive, the overarching Moms Demand Action organization has demonstrated in its Twitter feed that similarly-timed protests may have garnered even larger turnouts, all helping the cause of gun control.
Today over 500 Tennessee @MomsDemand spent the day talking to #TNLeg about common sense solutions to gun violence.… https://t.co/ZtySDcsJ5F— Michelle (@Michelle) 1520456291
HAPPENING NOW: Moms Demand Action volunteers gathering in Lincoln, Nebraska to urge their lawmakers to oppose dange… https://t.co/53gIkWA0S2— Moms Demand Action (@Moms Demand Action) 1520440668
ALERT: Tennessee @MomsDemand volunteers have exceeded capacity in the room they’ve gathered in in Nashville before… https://t.co/lp5mkm7iU4— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1520439236
This was the first #MomsDemandAction meeting in Boca, Florida tonight. Huge turnout. #EndGunViolence #ExpectUs… https://t.co/AqaIaLt2ws— Nancy Sulli (@Nancy Sulli) 1520395847
Guys. GUYS. Little Rock @MomsDemand turned out tonight! And we’ll keep turning out until we have laws that protect… https://t.co/ED7Uid3mB7— The Vaccinatrix (@The Vaccinatrix) 1520388069
To add to these admittedly impressive turnouts, visit the event page at Moms Demand Action.