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The Million Mom March marked a dramatic shift in America's attitude towards gun control. 800,000 mothers and others gathered in Washington, DC and 74 communities across the United States to demand sensible gun laws.
This powerful video documents the historic event - from celebrity performances to tributes to loved ones lost to gun violence and footage of the hundreds of thousands who participated in the Mother's Day 2000 rally.
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This documentary on the "Million Mom March," which took place in Washington, D.C., and other American cities on Mother's Day 2000, captures the buoyant and hopeful mood of the event, which was designed to focus the nation's attention on the escalating threat of gun violence. Sporting T-shirts with slogans such as "Kids and guns don't mix" and "Sensible gun laws, safe kids," hundreds of thousands of marchers of all ages are shown congregating on the Mall in Washington. Rosie O'Donnell appears at the podium to proclaim, "We are the voice of the majority of Americans and it is time we were heard." Former New York Times columnist and novelist Anna Quindlen is shown in a clip from her speech remarking that current laws require child-proof caps on aspirin, but somehow it's unreasonable to ask that children be kept safe from guns. As a video produced by the organization that sponsored the march, the presentation definitely has a point of view. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is seen addressing the day's rally in Chicago, and his blistering denunciation of the National Rifle Association is met with enthusiastic applause. Also seen in snippets of speeches are Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed in a notorious shooting spree on a New York commuter train; Sarah and Jim Brady (namesakes of the Brady Bill); and a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo. Brief musical performances by Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge round out what is a very professionally produced rallying cry for one of the major issues of our times. --Robert J. McNamaraFrom the Contributor:
I was standing at the top of the Metro escalators onto the Mall in Washington D.C. asking people if I could interview them for the Million Mom March documentary. Of the first six people I approached at random, five of those had a child, husband or sibling who had been shot to death. Whether it had happened six months or six years ago the pain of their loss was as raw for these people as if it had been yesterday. It meant a lot to them that so many people throughout the country were marching for change. I felt honoured that I was able to document a small part of that day.
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