Moms Against Guns
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a protest in Greenville today outside the offices of Senators Lindsey Graham (R) and Tim Scott (R). The mothers were upset at recent votes by both senators opposing gun control measures.
The advocacy group, which is less than four months old, formed after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December. Their platform includes banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, requiring background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases, and enforcing stricter penalties on criminals who use a gun.
“I don’t see why anyone needs an assault weapon or an uzi, that’s just ridiculous,” said Jan Hubble, a mother and grandmother who participated in today’s rally. “I understand that criminals are going to get guns, but we need to do something.”
Today’s protest began outside Sen. Scott’s office on Main Street in Greenville, and walked one block to Sen. Graham’s office after about 45 minutes. At one point, a pro-gun passer-by engaged the group.
“If you’re going to go up against the NRA, you’re gonna lose every time,” he said. After a few minutes of spirited debate, some of the women were pleased they got him to admit that he supported stricter background checks.
Senator Graham issued an earlier statement on the Manchin-Toomey amendment, saying it “expanded background checks in an unwise way” and that the internet provisions “would have been burdensome and difficult for citizens to comply with.”
Click here for Senator Graham's position on the recent gun control measures.
Click here for Moms Demand Action homepage.
By Evan Donnovan
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