MOM" IS A MATCHMAKER
by Rich Altrath
March 25, 2002
KeepAndBearArms.com -- (BLOOMFIELD,
NJ) When Donna Dees-Thomases organized the Million Mom March in 1999, her
mission was to make life more difficult for gun owners. Little did she know
that she would instead bring unprecedented unity to supporters of the Second
Amendment - including a marriage. On June 1st, 2002, Deborah Wasilewski (a
founding member of the Second Amendment Sisters), and Richard L. Altrath
(NRA Senior Training Counselor and founder/training director of the School
of Defensive Firearms, or SDF) will tie the knot to a 21 gun salute.
Ms. Wasilewski and Mr. Altrath, both New
Jersey residents, met when Ms. Wasilewski decided to take self-defense
training with handguns at SDF. "It was the Million Mom March that
motivated me to help get Second Amendment Sisters up and running, and that
led to my interest in getting firearms training," said Ms. Wasilewski.
The ceremony will take place at an
undisclosed shooting range in New Jersey, where students and staff from SDF
will fire three volleys of seven rounds each with bolt action rifles.
The happy couple is giving consideration to
sending an engraved announcement to Ms. Dees-Thomases as a statement of
thanks. "It's the least we can do, especially since the Million Mom
March is fading into the sunset," said Mr. Altrath. "We'd like to
let her know that at least one good thing came out of her efforts."
In addition to the shared interest in guns
and gun-related issues, the couple is also artistically inclined. She is a
stained glass craftsperson, and he is a sculptor and jewelry designer.)
Rich Altrath, Training Director of the
School of Defensive Firearms in New Jersey http://SDFtactics.com
and NRA Senior Training Counselor