Gun-Control Advocates Protest At Danbury Walmart

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Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot and injured in the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, helped deliver a petition in Danbury on Tuesday calling for Walmart to halt gun sales. Photo Credit: Jes Siart
Jen Sage-Robison, a Bethel resident, held a sign advocating an end to gun violence outside Walmart in Danbury on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jes Siart
Gun-control advocates gathered outside Walmart in Danbury. Walmart is the largest seller of guns in the U.S., but they are not sold in the Danbury store. Photo Credit: Jes Siart

DANBURY, Conn. – Dozens of people carrying signs and banners protested outside Walmart in Danbury on Tuesday and delivered a petition asking the retailer to stop selling assault weapons.

Gun-violence survivors attended the protest, organized by SumOfUs.org, and spoke on behalf of the nearly 300,000 people who signed the petition nationwide.

“It’s the largest gun seller in the country,” Jen Sage-Robison, a Bethel resident and mother of three, said. “Walmart needs to take some responsibility. It’s unacceptable.”

“We all understand,” John Ruggieri, manager of the Danbury Walmart, said. “We support this community.”

Ruggieri said he couldn’t comment on the retailer’s gun-sale policies, but noted the Danbury store does not sell guns.

The petition was delivered just over a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

Holding a sign that read “Make 2013 The Year To Ban Assault Weapons,” Sage-Robison said she hopes their voices will be heard and Walmart will make changes to reduce gun violence.

“People making noise is the only thing that works,” she said.

Maura Bergman, a Southbury resident with children in Newtown schools, said gun-control advocates have to try everything to get the attention of gun retailers and bring about change to prevent future tragedies.

Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot and injured in the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, helped deliver the protest to the store’s manager amid a swarm of television cameras.

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Ken P Jr:

These people really need help. Gun control is WHY the Newtown killings went so nicely for Lanza, it ensured nobody could stop him. Anti gun policy is why VT went the way it did, it ensured nobody could stop him. Responsible adults need to take their saftey & that of their families & communities a little more seriously than just putting words on paper, that obviously doesnt work. All I can figure by the rush to ban standard capacity magazines & semi auto rifles is that they must be ok with it when people are murdered with other guns & weapons. a more sickening disregard for life is hard to imagine. When you remove a persons ability to defend themselves, as with gun free school laws, if something happens the fault is yours, their blood is on your hands. Dont you wonder WHY this never happened before gun control was so out of control?

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