Anti-gun protest planned at Newtown-area Walmart

DANBURY, Connecticut Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:19am EST

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DANBURY, Connecticut (Reuters) - Gun-control advocates are planning a rally outside a Walmart store near Newtown, Connecticut, on Tuesday to demand the largest U.S. retailer stop selling assault weapons.

The rally is planned for a Walmart in a Danbury shopping center, which is eight miles from the Newtown elementary school where a gunman opened fire on December 14, killing 20 first graders and six educators.

The group SumofUs plans to deliver a letter of protest to Walmart, which it says has been signed by 250,000 people. Lori Haas, whose daughter was injured in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, and Pam Simon, who was wounded in the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that also critically injured former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, are expected to appear.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is the nation's largest gun retailer, but the Danbury location does not sell lethal firearms.

The killings plunged the rural New England town of 27,000 into grief along with much of the nation and prompted President Barack Obama to form a task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to curb gun violence. Biden is due to submit recommendations to the president as early as Tuesday.

(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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AlfredReaud wrote:
The Brady Bill banned assault weapons. Those where AK47s, Klashnikovs, Uzi, ect., and their clones. So what are we proposing to ban next? When does the erosion of the 2nd Amendment stop? Then when some idiot with a mental problem uses a 12ga shotgun at a mall, should the rest of us loose our gun rights to own shotguns? When does it stop?

The other thing is look at the map of America. The majority of America, by area, is rural. They don’t have much of a gun problem in those hollers and hills. The gun problem is mostly an urban problem, and that problem shouldn’t be transfered to the rest of the country and millions of law abiding gun owners.

There is a lot of good political capital in the Newton tragedy, but knee-jerk is the reaction were getting. By comparison, the carnage on American roads should cause the demand for banning of autos, but that doesn’t happen does it?

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