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Gun control advocates look to elect change

Posted August 21, 2013
Updated August 22, 2013

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— Gun control advocates used the MLK Memorial Gardens in Raleigh Wednesday as a backdrop to send a message to state and Congressional lawmakers.

"We're trying to vote for people who make a difference," said Kaaren Haldeman.

The rally was one of three held across the state. Organizers sought to remind their elected officials that they have not forgotten the massacres last year at a Connecticut elementary school and a Colorado movie theater and the subsequent inaction by Congress in changing gun laws.

Haldeman is a member of Moms Demand Action, and she's been fighting for gun safety for almost 20 years, since she and her husband were students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Haldeman was a lab assistant when Wendell Williamson, a former UNC law student, went on a shooting rampage in 1995.

"We were both on our way down to grab coffee and never made it out the door because we heard there was a shooting," she said. "Everybody went back in the building. We stayed in the building."

Williamson killed two people. He was later found innocent by reason of insanity and is now in a mental hospital.

Haldeman, now a mother of three, believes if enough gun safety advocates get together, they can fight the gun lobby and elect lawmakers who support expanded background checks and other gun safety measures.

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Williamson's case and his illness has resonance as well for Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, who supports responsible gun ownership but says the means to reduce gun violence is a focus on mental health.

"We need to make sure that we're doing the job to address those issues and address those concerns," he said.

He and others who support gun rights argue that more background checks aren't the solution to preventing future mass shootings.

Pastor James Utley, of Malabys Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church, was also present at Wednesday's rally. He said the faith community should play a bigger role in advocating for gun safety and curbing gun violence.

"We've got to reach out beyond the walls, and that's what we're not doing," Utley said.

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  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 2013

    If gun control worked Chicago , New York City and Washington DC would be the safest places in the world instead of the most unsafe.
    davisgw

    Uh... NYC -is- one of the safest large cities in the world.

    Chicago and DC, not so much.

    junkmail5 clinton never had a surplus that plain bravo serria.- Bob3425

    No, it's not.

    The flaw in the analysis you link to is you are looking at a figure that includes money they government owes to itself.

    The debt owed to the public went down in fiscal 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

    Surplus.

    And the CBO projected another -6 trillion- in surplus over the next 10 years.

    Which Bush instead turned into about 6 trillion in NEW debt.

  • Get your IDs Aug 23, 2013

    even more interesting is the cities with the strictest gun control and the most crime are democrat strongholds and have been for years."

    Please re-read this several times. It's very true.

    Click to view my profile RKBA

    I especially like how that post has been there all day and no one has had the stones and or proof to refute it.

  • davisgw Aug 23, 2013

    If gun control worked Chicago , New York City and Washington DC would be the safest places in the world instead of the most unsafe.

  • WRALSUCKS Aug 23, 2013

    "even more interesting is the cities with the strictest gun control and the most crime are democrat strongholds and have been for years."

    Please re-read this several times. It's very true.

  • WRALSUCKS Aug 23, 2013

    I carry a gun. I'll use if it I'm attacked.

    Libs-Leave me alone!

  • Bob3425 Aug 23, 2013

    junkmail5 clinton never had a surplus that plain bravo serria.

    http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

  • Bob3425 Aug 23, 2013

    "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not" Thomas Jefferson. More laws will not stop gun violence, anymore than more traffic law will stop auto death which are far more than gun violence.

  • mmitch91762 Aug 23, 2013

    99percenters, if you choose to protect yourself and home with out a gun that is your choice and no one faults you for that. Why can't you let me choose how I protect myself and myhome?
    I would love for you to respond to that and not just read it.

  • pappybigtuna1 Aug 23, 2013

    When ever I leave my home, I carry a legal firearm (always), with the recent escalation of crime, murder, assault, robbery and all the other stuff going on. I have decided not to carry my smallish caliber concealed firearm.

    I am going with the judge a combination .410/.45. I am thinking that a small wound to curtail an attract will no longer be effective, the judge should end any harm to me and no innocents will be harmed, thank you for your time and remember "don't text and drive"

  • kermit60 Aug 23, 2013

    The British thought that more and more control was a good idea also. They wanted to ban and control the colonists guns just like some people do today. They eventualy got them one musket ball at a time. It may happen again with the differance being the citizens will have more and better weapons to win with.

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