Women for Gun Rights, formerly known as the DC Project, convened in the nation’s capital for its annual fly-in on October 15-18, 2023. The effort to influence the community and lawmakers took many forms, from a rally and mobile billboard to meetings with legislators and a press conference with members of Congress.
The training session and rally at the U.S. Supreme Court had nearly 100 women in attendance. Dianna Muller, founder of Women for Gun Rights, said at the rally: “America sees gun control messaging and swarms of women demanding more restrictions in front of this iconic building pretty regularly, so we are proud to provide a counter visual and highlight pro-gun messaging like ‘moms demand protection!’”
A mobile billboard traveled around the Capitol, the National Mall, and the White House for eight hours each day. It displayed five separate messages; “Protect me like a politician” with a young girl in front of a school building; “Gun control is racist” with an African-American woman holding an AR-15; “My body, my choice” with a woman holding a gun; and “94% of mass killings are in gun-free zones.”
65 women from 45 states comprised 12 teams that contacted more than 130 offices. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-9) headlined the October 18th national press conference along with Reps. Eric Burlison (R-MO-7), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) and Kat Cammack (R-FL-3). “When I was sworn into Congress, I pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States—including the Second Amendment,” said Rep. Hudson. “Over the last two years, the Biden administration has perpetrated an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. That’s why I am proud to stand with Women for Gun Rights and others working to defend our Second Amendment.”
Several members of Women for Gun Rights delivered remarks, including Mira O’Connell, who successfully defended herself from a serial rapist who broke into her home by taking his gun; Mae Toppino, a high school sophomore, discussed the need for armed security to stop school shootings; and Robyn Sandoval, a former gun control advocate who has not only become a strong proponent of gun rights but also founded “A Girl and A Gun” shooting club, which trains women across the country on how to defend themselves with a firearm.
“We want to sincerely thank Congressman Hudson for his unwavering support of the right that keeps us safe,” said Dianna Muller. “Women across the country owe him and his colleagues a debt of gratitude for working tirelessly to ensure that our Second Amendment freedoms will be protected now and for future generations of Americans.”
Women for Gun Rights is a nationwide organization of women committed to safeguarding the Second Amendment. A non-partisan initiative of daughters, mothers, and sisters that believes education is the key to firearm safety and violence prevention, not legislation. We counter the disinformation gun control groups circulate by informing our friends, families, communities, and legislators with the truth that gun rights are human rights. Learn how to support or join the group's effort by visiting its website.