Mary Leigh Blek

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Mary Leigh Blek is a Republican gun control advocate from California.[1] She serves as president emeritus of the Million Mom March and is a spokesperson for the national grassroots network of Million Mom chapters.

Blek became involved in gun control legislation after her son was murdered. In June 1994, her son Matthew Blek was confronted by three armed teenagers, and subsequently shot and killed.[2]

Blek and her husband Charles founded the Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence in 1995. Blek later became the western regional organizer for the Million Mom March in 2000.[3] Blek was also the co-founder and president of the Bell Campaign, a grassroots organization in Orange County, California, dedicated to the prevention of gun deaths and injuries.[4] She frequently provides testimony before local, state, and federal legislators.

Her husband Charles is a member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sanchez, Rene (October 23, 1999). "California Republicans Aid Gun Control Wave". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ "California Donors Create Endowment in Memory of Matthew Blek". Archived from the original on November 29, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Online News Hour: Marching Moms May 12, 2000". PBS. 2000-05-12. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  4. ^ The Bell Campaign