INDIANAPOLIS - Two opposing groups of concerned mothers spoke out during rallies outside of the Statehouse on Saturday.
On the south side of the Statehouse, one group of moms called for the protection of Second Amendment rights, and some carried guns on their hips.
“The Second Amendment is under attack and we need to stand up and say that we are not going to stand for it,” said Melinda Porter with Indiana Moms Against Gun Control.
The other group of moms, on the east side of the Statehouse, called for more restrictions on guns.
“We’re not about anti-guns. We’re not anti-Second Amendment. We’re just about common-sense regulation,” said Nicki McNally with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Each group had petitions to sign that they plan to send to federal lawmakers.
“I carry everyday because I look at it as my insurance. You never know when you are going to need it. If you need it, you have it,” said Patricia Voyles with Indiana Moms Against Gun Control.
“We are not trying to take anyone’s guns away, but there is just too much violence and we want to do something about it,” said Pat King with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Both sides said they want lawmakers to better understand where they are coming from.
“It should be common place. People should see this all of the time. It’s legal to do and the only thing wrong with it is people’s perception of it,” said Nick Voils about carrying guns.
Both groups agree they want to stop the killings of innocent victims and to protect children.
“We understand people’s Second Amendment rights. We’re just trying to ban some of the military assault-style weapons. Things that really just don’t belong on our streets,” said one protester.
Each group said they are non-confrontational, but want to make sure Hoosiers and lawmakers hear their message.