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Gwinnett Citizens Rally for Gun Safety

A little over two months after 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 two months after the tragic. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school.

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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.

Dave Emanuel February 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM
David-- As you know, you can't fix stupid. The fact that a father took less than maximum precautions with a firearm, while his five-year-old was close by, tells you something. But beyond that, what would be your reaction to the father accidentally cutting his son with a knife, running over him with a car, dropping circular saw on him or any other of a 100 possible accidents? Is the answer to make knives, cars and circular saws illegal? There's no question that the misuse of firearms can have horrible consequences, but those consequences are not exclusive to guns. And from what I've seen, death or injury caused by firearms is no more or less horrifying than death or injury caused by any other means. Yet, people are focused on firearms, to the exclusion of other considerations, because the Sandy Hook tragedy.
David Brown February 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Dave, my friend, I don't want to unnecessarily obfuscate the main issue here. The fact is that if the father didn't own a gun, then the son would not have been shot. This incident would not have happened to my son, because I've never owned a gun.
Dave Emanuel February 23, 2013 at 04:19 AM
So let's follow your line of reasoning to its logical conclusion - if I didn't have a car, I never would have had that accident (in which my son was injured); if I didn't have a bicycle, my son would never have fallen off of it and injured himself, if we didn't have a fireplace, my son would never have gotten burned. Where do you stop? If you don't like guns and don't want to own one, that is certainly your prerogative, but that won't ensure that your son isn't injured by something else that you own. Your concern for your son's safety and your dedication to keeping him safe will minimize the possibility of accidental injury- whether you own a gun or not.
David Brown February 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Dave, you must be a Rudyard Kipling enthusiast with all of those "ifs".:) I prefer to deal with the real, instead of the hypothetical. Have a great weekend.
Will Thompson February 23, 2013 at 08:23 PM
This is an interesting discussion. Both sides made some good points but after the last post all I can think of is none are so blind as those who will not see. If you refuse to see the hpothetical you will not see the reality until it is too late.

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