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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 little more than two months after 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.

Prisca Villa February 21, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Background checks need to be enforced. The rules already set up need to be enforced. We do not need more laws, we need to enforce the ones we have. Assault weapons and high magazines do not kill people, people kill people. Lets get to the root of the sickness rather than treating the runny nose.
Nathan Horton February 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Multiple studies have shown that more people are murdered with hammers and other blunt objects than from 'assault rifles' (AKA scary looking guns). Despite early reports to the contrary, the kids at Sandy Hook were not killed with an assault rifle either. Assault rifles are not the problem. We have a mental health problem in America that is disguised as a gun problem.

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