In the aftermath of the Highland Park parade shooting, a suburban mother uses the tragedy as a call to action.
“We’re just tired of crying and doing nothing and feeling helpless,” said mother-of-three Kitty Brandtner.
She was in Winnetka during another Fourth of July parade, when the shots rang out in Highland Park.
“There was this juxtaposition of us at the parade going, ‘what? what happened?’ Meanwhile, our children are waving at the floats. ‘What do we do?'”
She said she cried for hours, before turning her pain into purpose.
She posted a message on Instagram before bed, calling on friends and family to join her in Washington DC.
The next morning, hundreds answered the call.
“Suddenly we had 300 people who were ready to mobilize and come together.”
She says her message is simple.
“We just want one thing. We want to ban assault weapons.”
She and hundreds of others now plan to travel to the nation’s capital next week where they will rally for gun reform. She and the many other people who have stepped in to help with public relations, coordination and lobbying, call the organization “March 4”.
“You are not too small to make an impact. You don’t need to have experience in politics. You don’t need to have experience in legislation. Just use your voice, and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” says Brandtner.
The rally is scheduled for July 13. The organization has already raised tens of thousands of dollars to help with transportation and other expenses.