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Gun Control: Residents Rally for Gun Safety

In remembrance of the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., demonstrators asked U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to support gun safety laws. The demonstration was held at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Ga.

A group of concerned citizens stood with signs outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday to call for support of reasonable gun safety laws.

The rally took place a within a few days of the two-month anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school.

MoveOn.org sponsored the event urging U.S. Representative Rob Woodall—who’s office is housed in GJAC—to take action on gun safety. 

“We ask Representative Woodall to listen to his constituents and stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence,” said Kathleen Allen in a release. Allen is a mother in Norcross, a gun owner and MoveOn.org member.  “Congress must not wait for the next Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Tucson or Columbine before taking action. Representative Woodall needs to return to Washington next week and vote to protect our children and our community. We urge Representative Woodall to stand up against gun violence and know that the extreme NRA doesn't speak for many gun owners.”

Those who came out were not asking for a total ban on all guns, but were looking to remove assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from general public use as well as improving background checks.

--What's your stand on gun control? Should assault weapons and high capacity magazines be banned? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Bud Harris February 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Typical idiots. While they're at it why not make it harder to buy a car so we can reduce drunk driving fatalities. Let's blame the spoon for making one fat. Let's blame pencils for incorrect spelling. What part of "shall not be infringed" can you not understand?
Longtime Resident February 22, 2013 at 08:34 PM
That's a straw man argument, Bud, but OK if insist on comparing cars to guns let's apply the laws concerning cars to the the laws concerning guns. First, you'll need to get a license to operate a gun. That means you've got to take a written test and practical exam in order to get licensed to operate a gun--just like driving a car. Then you've got to buy liability insurance if you want to own a gun, just like you've got to do if you want to own and operate a car. That OK with you, Bud? Great! And as far as I can tell, spoons never killed 26 women and children in less than 3 minutes. As for the part of "shall not be infringed" well, we already have restrictions on our amendment rights. For instance, you can't yell Fire! in a crowded theater even though our 1st Amendment gives us the right to fee speech. The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms but you can't own an air to ground missle, or a nuclear bomb or even a fully automatic weapon. Nobody who's trying to have a reasonable discussion is advocating abolishing the 2nd Amendment. Unfortunately, it's incredibly difficult to have a reasonable discussion because hyperbole (like Bud's) is always king!

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