Mothers rally against gun violence during NRA meeting

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Mothers rally against gun violence during NRA meeting

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Lucy McBath (center) and others demand more be done to halt gun violence.

An organization formed the day after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut plans to hold a rally in Atlanta this weekend during the National Rifle Association’s conference.

“We want to bring people together to show the counter perspective,” said Lizzie Ulmer, a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said the rally is aimed at what she calls  the “dangerous” agenda of the NRA leadership.

She makes it clear, though, that the target is not  everyone is the NRA 

“Some members of the NRA support common sense policies just like we do, like background checks, keeping guns out of  the hands of domestic abusers and safety training. What we are standing in opposition to is the radical NRA leadership that has taken on this agenda of putting more guns in more places with no questions asked.”

The rally will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at  Woodruff Park,  91 Peachtree St. NW.

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Speakers include Lucy McBath, of Marietta, whose son, Jordan Davis, was gunned down at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012 by a man who complained about loud music; Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety; State Sen. Elena Parent, representing District 42, which includes portions of central and north DeKalb County ; Janel Green, Atlanta Women’s March organizer ; and  Lindsey Donavan, an Army veteran married to an active-duty soldier, Muslim, gun owner and volunteer chapter leader for the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action.

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