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Newtown Victims’ Families Join Gun-Control Activists on DC March

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/newtown-victims-families-join-gun-control-activists-on-dc-march/ 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Near-freezing temperatures didn’t stop several thousand gun-control activists from bearing their pickets today, carrying signs emblazoned with “Ban Assault Weapons Now” and the names of gun violence victims in a demonstration organized as a response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. last month.

Walking in silence, the demonstrators trudged between Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument over a thin layer of melting snow. They were joined by politicians and some families of the Newtown victims.

March organizer Shannon Watts said the event was for the “families who lost the lights of their lives in Newtown, daughters and sons, wives and mothers, grandchildren, sisters and brothers gone in an unfathomable instant.”

“Let’s stand together and use our voices, use our votes to let legislators know that we won’t stand down until they enact common sense gun control laws that will keep our children out of the line of fire,” she told demonstrators.

Watts founded One Million Moms for Gun Control after the killing of 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December. In a profile with the New York Times, Watts said her 12-year-old son had suffered panic attacks after learning of last summer’s Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, leaving her at an impasse over how to talk to him about the latest tragedy.

Also among the speakers was a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, Collin Goddard.

“We need to challenge any politician who thinks it’s easier to ask an elementary school teacher to stand up to a gunman with an AR-15 than it is to ask them to stand up to a gun lobbyist with a checkbook,” he said.

The demonstration comes amid a push by progressive lawmakers to enact stricter gun control measures as a response to the trend of recent mass killings, although any hypothetical bill would likely face strong opposition in Congress.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., was among the demonstrators today.

“The idea that people need high-capacity magazines that can fire 30, 50, 100 rounds has no place in a civilized society,” he said. “Between the time we’re gathered here right now and this time of day tomorrow, across America, 282 Americans will have been shot.”

The congressman was quoting statistics compiled by the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence.

INFOGRAPHIC: Guns by the Numbers

Last week President Obama proposed a sweeping overhaul of federal measures regulating gun ownership, including a universal background check system for sales, banning assault weapons, and curbing the amount of ammunition available in weapon clips.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Thursday found 53 percent of Americans viewed Obama’s gun control plan favorably, 41 percent unfavorably. The division was visible today, as a handful of gun-rights advocates also turned out on the National Mall to protest what they believe would be infringements on their Second Amendment liberties.

ABC’s Joanne Fuchs contributed to this report.

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I think more people need to start speaking out against the hatred and anger that is fueling the anti-gun control fanatics. They say they need military style weapons to fight a tyrannical government, which really means, they want to overthrow the government because they the minority can not get what they want through election.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

So which Newtown victims' family members were at the march?

*Crickets*

The phrase does look impressive in the title, though.

Almost as if ABC News were trying to imply that these family members actually were physically present at the march.

mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

 Read the article, that might help. Ya'll need to stop the BS claims about banning your guns. We need stronger gun control and Background checks in ALL states.


Quoting SallyMJ:

So which Newtown victims' family members were at the march?

*Crickets*

The phrase does look impressive in the title, though.

Almost as if ABC News were trying to imply that these family members actually were physically present at the march.


 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I read the article, silly. That's what prompted me to make my comment. Did you read it?

Where in my previous comment did I say anything about banning guns?

My point is that news should be FACTUAL. Don't you agree? I decry any article with a title saying one thing, and the details saying another.

After reading this article, I think ABC News implied something in the title, for emotional reasons, that does not appear to have actually happened, based on the details in the story. It does not seem that Newtown victims' family members were at the march - yet ABC News claims they were - with no proof. That is deplorable.

And that's the point.

Quoting mikiemom:

 Read the article, that might help. Ya'll need to stop the BS claims about banning your guns. We need stronger gun control and Background checks in ALL states.


Quoting SallyMJ:

So which Newtown victims' family members were at the march?

*Crickets*

The phrase does look impressive in the title, though.

Almost as if ABC News were trying to imply that these family members actually were physically present at the march.





mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

 

The newton families spoke at the ralley along with victims of other mass gun shooting events. click the link to the WP news article.

Quoting SallyMJ:

I read the article, silly. That's what prompted me to make my comment. Did you read it?

Where in my previous comment did I say anything about banning guns?

My point is that news should be FACTUAL. Don't you agree? I decry any article with a title saying one thing, and the details saying another.

After reading this article, I think ABC News implied something in the title, for emotional reasons, that does not appear to have actually happened, based on the details in the story. It does not seem that Newtown victims' family members were at the march - yet ABC News claims they were - with no proof. That is deplorable.

And that's the point.

Quoting mikiemom:

 Read the article, that might help. Ya'll need to stop the BS claims about banning your guns. We need stronger gun control and Background checks in ALL states.

 

Quoting SallyMJ:

So which Newtown victims' family members were at the march?

*Crickets*

The phrase does look impressive in the title, though.

Almost as if ABC News were trying to imply that these family members actually were physically present at the march.

 

 

 

 


 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Where does it say that in the article? I read it about 10 times, just did again, and I can't find it.

Now it is true that I sometimes can't find things on the store shelf that are right in front of me. :)

But, seriously, I can't find it anywhere.

I only see it in the title. Which is why I found it odd.

Quoting mikiemom:


The newton families spoke at the ralley along with victims of other mass gun shooting events. click the link to the WP news article.

Quoting SallyMJ:

I read the article, silly. That's what prompted me to make my comment. Did you read it?

Where in my previous comment did I say anything about banning guns?

My point is that news should be FACTUAL. Don't you agree? I decry any article with a title saying one thing, and the details saying another.

After reading this article, I think ABC News implied something in the title, for emotional reasons, that does not appear to have actually happened, based on the details in the story. It does not seem that Newtown victims' family members were at the march - yet ABC News claims they were - with no proof. That is deplorable.

And that's the point.

Quoting mikiemom:

 Read the article, that might help. Ya'll need to stop the BS claims about banning your guns. We need stronger gun control and Background checks in ALL states.


Quoting SallyMJ:

So which Newtown victims' family members were at the march?

*Crickets*

The phrase does look impressive in the title, though.

Almost as if ABC News were trying to imply that these family members actually were physically present at the march.











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