Ann Krantz calls herself an “accidental activist.”
The Wenham mom had never contacted a legislator or spoken at a public hearing. But that all changed after tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.
“As I dropped my daughters off at school following the massacre at Sandy Hook, I realized there was no reason why my town wasn’t Newtown,” Krantz said. “We are living in a world where I am scared to send my child to the first grade. That’s not OK. We shouldn’t have to live like that.”
Krantz, 39, a stay-at-home mom with two young daughters, has since been to a number of rallies and public hearings at the Statehouse on the issue of gun violence.
She felt physically ill after hearing about the Sandy Hook shootings, she said.
“I was just thinking about what they were going through, because I have a 6-year-old,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine the pain they were going through, and I couldn’t get over it. I cried for days on and off.”
The Newtown tragedy, in which 20 children and six adults were killed when a gunman opened fire at the elementary school, has sparked Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national, nonpartisan grass-roots organization.
Krantz and several other North Shore moms have joined the Massachusetts chapter of the group. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunken driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for commonsense gun reforms, according to the organization’s website.
The North Shore group got its start when Krantz met a few other local mothers at a rally in Boston.
“We started meeting,” she said. “I met so many other moms through my children’s schools and at the playground who are tired of hearing about school shootings. There have been 35 school shootings since Newtown, and we want to stem the tide on gun violence.”