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Raleigh residents rally against gun violence

Posted September 10, 2015

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— People gathered across the country Thursday with the message that gun laws need to change. A rally in downtown Raleigh was held outside Senator Thom Tills’ office as part of the national day of action.

The demonstrations are motivated, in part, by the murders of a news reporter and photojournalist on live television last month in Roanoke, Virginia. The tragedy has brought the debate over guns back to the streets.

"We will do whatever it takes to put a stop to this gun violence," said Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteer, Laura Morgan.

Protestors in Raleigh said that they are not trying to take guns from responsible owners. Instead, they said they want to close loopholes in background checks to purchase a gun. One of those loopholes involves gun sales from one individual to another, said Morgan.

"So, gun shows, Craigslist, Facebook, those kinds of transactions, those folks don't undergo background checks," said Morgan.

While Morgan rallied in Raleigh, Andy Parker, the father of the reporter killed in Virginia, was in Washington D.C. making the same case.

"We can't stop now and we need to continue to mount pressure on our elected officials in Washington," said Parker.

A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association released a statement in response to this day of action. They say that the focus needs to be on mental health.

“The NRA family shares in the grief of Mr. Parker and others whose lives have been impacted by violent tragedies. The latest push for so-called universal background checks by Michal Bloomberg-funded gun control groups like Moms Demand Action would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy at Roanoke. The alleged shooter passed not one, but two background checks. Clearly, expanding a broken system is not the solution. NRA has been calling for meaningful mental health reform so those suffering from mental illness who are found to be a danger to themselves or others will not have legal access to firearms.”

A spokesperson for Senator Thom Tills also released a statement saying, in part, that people must work together to address the root causes of violence and confront the nation's growing mental health crisis.

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  • Roy Hinkley Sep 11, 2015
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    1st Amendment is about the government not censoring speech, it does not extend to your use of a company's website.

  • William James Sep 11, 2015
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    Only 3 Active Mass Shooters have ever been stopped before they killed people, 1 recently by a policeman in TX, 1 police "woman" who was working as security near a movie theater; and another off duty police woman who showed up to the church late still carrying her handgun, they all shot and killed the Murders! So, to date 3 Mass Killings have been stopped by people carrying guns and the liberal anti-gun owners to date have only managed to become Victims! Also, another basic observation most of these Mass Killings have happened in states or locations where the Murders knew no one would be armed. You aren't seeing Columbine Nuts shooting up rural downtown NC during deer season do you? Just observations, these Mass Killers are really brave shooting at students, children, and old women, yet none have confronted the NRA, Pro-Gun, active hunter group yet. Can't imagine why.

  • Charles Phillips Sep 11, 2015
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    that few people i thought were just waiting on the bus

  • Charles Phillips Sep 11, 2015
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    40% is a fallacy....don't use bad data as an arguement

  • J.w. Thompson Sep 11, 2015
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    Wow a gun killed these people,I thought for sure it was another confederate flag that did it!!
    Why does everybody blame something other than the person who did it.

  • Honey Pointer Sep 11, 2015
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    As with cars, airplanes, knives, hammers, etc, guns are inanimate objects---totally incapable of any movement or action without human input. Its a chunk of metal--period. The problem is not with the gun but rather the human holding it. What is needed is more emphasis on making as certain as possible that the person holding the gun isn't nuts.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Sep 11, 2015
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    The only gun control this country needs is to go door to door in the inner cities. Maybe we need a military like urban warfare approach.

  • Walter Smirth Sep 11, 2015
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    It is utterly naive to hold guns innocent. 40% of guns are issued without any kind of background checks. Even NRA members support universal background checks. We're becoming a third-world nation. Burris, Tillis, and Holding are too cowardly and inhumane to do anything about this...they are too much in the pocket of the NRA.

  • William James Sep 11, 2015
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    The president and liberal press keep asking how many have to die before we establish common sense gun laws? Well, I hate to be the one to point a finger at the 800lb Gorilla in the room, but before the US press started making the Columbine, Sandy Hook, and SC Church murderers, Billy the kid wantabes into overnight Rock Stars we didn't have Active Shooters very often. The US press can't glamorize murderers then blame it on our nations liberal gun laws. Common Sense to me would be "not to glamourize" Active Shooters, don't turn them into victims of social neglect. I grieve for the mothers of children who have died from gun violence, but our freedom has a price and children die all over the planet for many other reasons far more frequently, thousands of children die every year in other countries from starvation, neglect, poverty, war, etc yet no press and liberals change the channel.

  • Kenneth Anderson Sep 11, 2015
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    Gun laws are adequate as they are. What needs to change is the character of the communities within which most gun violence occurs.

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