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Residents Rally for Gun Safety in Gwinnett

Not long after the two-month anniversary of the shootings in Newtown, CT., a demonstration asking U.S. Rep Rob Woodall to support gun safety laws 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 not long after the two-month anniversary of the tragic. 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? 

This ran initially on Lawrenceville Patch.

Amy February 22, 2013 at 03:55 AM
What's the point of telling us about the demonstration after the fact? Had I known about it, I would have taken the day off from work to wander aimlessly in front of GC courthouse, and accomplish absolutely nothing.
Tim February 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM
No one is going to tell me if I can have a self defense weapon or high cap. magazine.....
Tammy Osier February 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Tim, when I read moveon.org sponsors.... i simply skipped to comments. The only good thing is that I don't see a whole lot of people there so maybe that's a good sign. They have a right to be there, they went and now business can take place as usual.
Donna February 22, 2013 at 04:51 PM
The headline should have read "Residents Rally for Gun Control". That headline would have immediately explained why there were so few people present.
Sharon Swanepoel February 22, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This is something I have flip flopped, evolved or whatever you may want to call it, on personally myself. I actually walked in the Million Mom March for gun control here in the US many years ago largely because I came from South Africa where the laws were much stricter and they seemed so lax here in comparison. I had a friend arrested in South Africa for failing to disclose on his gun permit application (when he was in his 40s) that he'd been arrested when he was 18 and at college for a DUI. My husband had to produce his permit whenever he purchased bullets for his gun, and those purchases were tracked. However, I failed to check the statistics correctly (my bad) when I first came here - I just listened to the rhetoric. If I had, I would have seen that despite all those strict regulations, South Africa's gun violence is much higher in SA than it is here in the US. The laws there have got even tougher, but the death as a result of firearms remains almost double. Suicide by firearms is significantly higher here in the US, but violence against others is a fraction of what it is in SA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 02:02 AM
And speaking of guns and rights being trampled on....I heard a woman ask a very appropriate question today. She was wondering where the women's groups and feminists were in defending our right to bear arms. What if a woman is attacked by multiple people - with limited ammunition, it stands to reason that she might need enough to get the job done. Maybe the gov't. should just leave out rights alone and let us defend ourselves by whatever means we have available. .
Amy February 23, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Are you related to the Victoria Secret model?
Sharon Swanepoel February 23, 2013 at 09:21 PM
No Amy, in South Africa Swanepoel is like Smith is here - pages and pages of them in the local telephone book. :) In fact, there is actually another Sharon Swanepoel in Gwinnett, but she's a pastor not a journalist.
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Wow, Sharon, I wish I could be mistaken for a Victoria Secret model! lol
Amy February 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM
How funny is that Sharon! I thought it was such a unique surname. Tammy, imagine being mistaken for a pastor or a Victoria Secret model! LOL
Tammy Osier February 24, 2013 at 01:08 AM
My bra size would disqualify me. lol
Tim February 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM
my bra size would disqualify me also Tammy.....lol

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