Who is ENOUGH?
ENOUGH was started in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre by outraged mothers in the Connecticut area around Newtown. We were horrified by the loss of these children, and vowed to create a safer America where guns like this would not be available to anyone. We realized that our gun control laws were not going to change unless people like us took action. The NRA has clearly had a one-sided conversation with our legislators for too long. We believe it’s time to create a counterpoint to the NRA vision of more guns with less control.
We have since grown to include anyone who wants a safer world for the children of America. The members of ENOUGH are mothers, yes, but now also fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and anyone else who knows the time for change is here.
ENOUGH stands for — Empowering Nonviolent Opposition to Unnecessary Guns in the Home.
“Empowering.” We want people to realize that there are powerful and easy things they can do to let their voice be heard. For too long, people opposed to the state of our current gun control legislation have felt disparate and ineffectual. We want that to change.
“Nonviolent Opposition.” We believe that true cultural change happens when the voice of the people is raised in peaceful protest. We can still be passionate, direct and unyielding in our opinion, and prove to the people whose votes count – our legislators – that we will not rest until they act.
“Unnecessary Guns in the Home.” We believe that there exists no legitimate reason for anyone to own an assault weapon or other weapon of war. We’re not attacking the second amendment, or anyone’s desire to hunt or protect their home. We believe that those pursuits and desires can be accomplished without recourse to a weapon that can kill a room full of children in under a minute.
Aren’t you trying to restrict or regulate a right granted under the 2nd Amendment?
Yes, we are. But all of our rights in this country are regulated or restricted for various reasons, from public safety to simple common sense. For example, the 1st Amendment gives us all a right to free speech, but that doesn’t allow someone to falsely shout “FIRE” in a crowded theater, or to incite a crowd to violence. Rights don’t ever come without limits. We believe that America is better served with more stringent gun control legislation.
More legislation will never guarantee that another shooting won’t happen, will it?
That’s true. No law or regulation will ever stop someone from committing a crime that they want to commit. But it’s our belief that by banning the sale and ownership of assault weapons and high-capacity clips, we’ll reduce the number of people who are harmed when someone decides to commit a crime. We also don’t believe in an America where citizens own assault weapons, because we think it naturally creates a more unsafe environment for all of our children.
What if I want a weapon to protect my home?
We’re not debating your right to own a weapon. But we don’t believe that you need an assault weapon to protect your home. In fact, most gun owners would agree that if you are buying a weapon to protect you and your family, assault weapons are ill-suited for that use.