Shannon Watts, the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, revealed yesterday that she gets death threats daily from pro-gun advocates.
Four women, of Moms Demand Action, met at a Dallas, Texas restaurant this past weekend when 40 armed members from the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas showed up in the parking lot, terrifying customers inside, reported PolicyMic.com.
Watts told MSNBC's "The Ed Show" just how intense the harassment has been, notes RawStory.com (video below).
“As a member of this organization, I get death threats and threats of sexual violence against myself and my daughters on a daily basis,” stated Watts. “This is an underbelly of America that all citizens should understand is out there, and that they do not want any kind of regulation of the Second Amendment whatsoever.”
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“Seeing people intimidate you with guns, that’s something the Taliban would approve of, not our founding fathers,” added Watts. “That is not what the Second Amendment is intended to do.”
Moms Demand Action supports background checks for all gun buyers (also supported by most NRA members) and asks companies such as Starbucks to restrict guns from their stores.
How did Open Carry Texas find out where and when the four women were meeting on Saturday? Apparently the pro-gun group used a tactic that sounds like the NSA.
Watts told Ed Schultz that a member of Open Carry Texas posed as a member of Moms Demand Action on the group's Facebook page and tipped off the rest of Open Carry Texas about the meeting.
According to USA Today, the restaurant manager of the Blue Mesa grill, where Moms Demand Action met, called the police on Saturday when the armed Open Carry Texas members showed up.
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“We are aware that a group did gather in a shopping area in Arlington Saturday,” Tiara Ellis Richard, of the Arlington, Texas Police, told USA Today. “Officers were notified and arrived at the location. There were no issues that we are aware of, and no arrests occurred.”
“When the manager called, he told them [the police dispatcher] what was going on,” Chris Barton, the CFO of Blue Mesa Grill. “They said that if they are having a peaceful demonstration, they are within their legal rights.”
Sources: USA Today, PolicyMic.com, RawStory.com