Published on Apr 26, 2013
Frustrated after the Senate bill to expand gun background checks failed earlier this month, Heather Whaley has taken matters into her own hands. A member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, she is practicing what the group preaches, calling Senators who voted against the measure one by one. However, as the clip above shows, when she reached one particular Senator's office, she took a unique approach to the conversation.
On April 17, Whaley reacted to the Senate's vote by writing on her personal blog: "Today we saw a disgraceful display of cowardice by our US Senators. This is a big blow to our freedom, to our public welfare, and to America."
Posting a list of phone numbers of the 45 senators who voted against the background checks expansion, Whaley, who lives in Connecticut with her family, not far from Newtown, continued:
"Give them a call, and tell them we will not give up, we demand change, we will not forget this vote and their days in the Senate are numbered. You will enjoy this."
Leading by example, Whaley posted this powerful YouTube video two days later. In it, Whaley is calling the office of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), using a fake accent and pretending to support the Senator's decision.
"Notice how the woman on the phone admits Senator Corker seems to want mentally ill people to buy guns. And that she does not agree with him," Whaley wrote on her blog on April 19. (Watch the full phone conversation in the video above.)
In an email Friday to The Huffington Post, Whaley said she had been going down the list and calling senators who had voted against background checks when she reached Corker's name.
"Most [of the calls] just went to voicemail. By the time I got to Corker I was bored with telling them how shameful the vote was, and my kids were home, and they were getting a kick out of their mom making what they interpreted as prank calls," she wrote.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a vocal advocate of stricter gun control laws. According to the group's website, the grassroots organization is specifically pushing for the banning of assault weapons and an expansion of gun background checks, among other aims. Established in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year, the group has made itself visible through powerful awareness-raising campaigns, like this one.
"No more dependence on the actions of others; it is our time as mothers to rise up as a collective force and demand action on gun control," wrote Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, in a blog post for The Huffington Post in January.
Moms Demand Action was founded to demand action NOW to:
1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
2) Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases.
3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition.
4) Make gun trafficking a federal crime with serious criminal penalties.
5) Counter gun industry lobbyists' efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.