Citizen Group Pushes Tougher Gun Laws

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The debate over gun control and push for tougher gun laws come from top leadership in Washington and spans to mayors from around the country. Now, citizen group, "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" is taking action too. The organization was formed the day after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Retired psychologist and grandmother Linda Brundage heads the effort in Mid-Michigan.

"I've known about gun violence and been sitting on the couch and with Sandy Hook I was like enough is enough," said Brundage.

The group is pushing for universal background checks, ban of assault rifles and high capacity magazine clips. More than 200 people from the organization will travel to Washington D.C. next Wednesday to meet with their local representatives in Congress. Brundage will be going with her granddaughter, a senior at Okemos High School.

"I'm going to have kids of my own one day and I want them to be able to grow up in a country where you don't have to worry about a man walking into school with an assault rifle," said 17-year-old Anna VanArsdale Hoot.

However, some lawmakers say Michigan already has checks and balances in place and more gun control is not the solution to violence.

"We have controls on honest hardworking people. The controls are in place, you never can totally control a bad guy," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Sen. Jones says the focus should be on better mental health treatment. Brundage agrees that's an area deserving more attention, but they're still ready to make their voices heard in D.C.

"There's about 200 of us going but if it's only me and my grandma, just us two, we could still make a difference," said VanArsdale Hoot.


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  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Mar 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM
    Tom, the second amendment isn't about hunting. The second amendment is a safeguard against government tyranny. If you think that a government would not seek to disarm a populace, you need only look back through the 20th century to see several examples of it, and the atrocities the government committed against its citizens shortly afterwards. We are not being "duped" by the NRA, in fact you are being "duped" by the media if you really believe that there are those in the government that wouldn't jump at the chance to disarm every citizen in this nation.
  • by Tom Location: Holt on Mar 15, 2013 at 05:39 AM
    Hey Folks, I don't believe anyone wants to take your guns away. The NRA has blown this whole thing out of what is real. Most legislation only wants to stop sales of guns with large magazines. Nobody should be able to buy these weapons of mass destruction. I have been a hunter for many years and killed over a hundred deer. I didn't need one of these guns to do it. These weapons have no use in a civilized world, except to kill lots of people quickly. No REAL hunter would ever use one. Wake up NRA members, you are being duped by the leaders of your over reactive group.
  • by intellhonest Location: Plymouth on Mar 15, 2013 at 05:24 AM
    No offense, but if Ms. Hoot wants to understand the issue, instead of listening to a person who studied a field dedicated to feel good methods and taking time off school to go protest against something she knows nothing about, Ms. Hoot should stay in school, study math, science, criminal behavior and statistical analysis. In here spare time, take classes on gun safety, an NRA first steps class, and gather data from sites such as the CDC and FBI Uniform Crime Reporting. Once she has a factual understanding of the issue, then she can contribute to the conversation. The CDC estimates 9 people die every day from distracted driving - texting and putting on make-up while driving. That is 3,285 people every year. Fact, there were 323 homicides committed with ALL rifles in 2011 (FBI Uniform Crime Reports), which an AR is only a subset of that 323. I certainly hope Ms. Hoot's grandmother takes away her makeup and cell phone and then we can talk about taking away guns.
  • by Heywood Location: Location on Mar 12, 2013 at 04:24 AM
    Dan, Trained, responsible gun owners don't reach for their gun because they're angry. We reach for our guns when we're in fear for our lives or the lives of our brothers and sisters. You people have NO IDEA the mindset of the average gun owner... only the mindset of the average deadbeat. Leave US alone and concentrate on the problem for once, will ya? I could just as easily beat you to death with my mighty King Cobra SS350 as I could kill you with my pistol. Lets outlaw golfing!
  • by Suzanne Location: Lansing on Mar 11, 2013 at 01:03 PM
    @ Maryann Hunt...well put!
  • by Anonymous Location: Stockbridge on Mar 11, 2013 at 07:55 AM
    Be careful while in Washington, although the district has some of the most strict gun laws, FBI 2010 reports show a homicide rate of 21.9 and aggravated assault rate of 538.1. In contrast MI with reasonable gun laws homicide rate 5.7, aggravated assault 321. If Linda Brundage and granddaughter Anna VanArsdale Hoot are truly concerned with child safety they should do a little homework and find the areas where their efforts could be most productive. Research will show that far more children suffer and die from child abuse, neglect and suicide than murdered by crazed gunmen. Look it up: CNN Feb. 1, 2013 Biden concedes new laws won’t end gun massacres.
  • by David Location: Texas on Mar 9, 2013 at 09:38 AM
    You had gun laws in 1994, didn't stop Columbine. Chicago and Wash.DC have and had the toughest gun laws in the U.S. Didn't stop the 500 dead people in Chacago. Grow up, criminals DO NOT OBEY LAWS! You actually think that criminals will obey gun laws? If you do, you are a special kind of naive person that needs to waste their money on a trip to Washington. Let's see, I'm going to pass a law so the criminals can't shoot me. Yeah right! Remember we are a society of law abiding criminals.
  • by Dan Location: Lansing on Mar 9, 2013 at 09:29 AM
    I'm happy to see that someone is doing something to limit gun violence. There are gun deaths every day in Lansing - including suicides, accidental shootings, children killed, and domestic violence. It's to easy to reach for gun when a person is upset over something.
  • by Liz on Mar 9, 2013 at 07:47 AM
    Oh my! Anna VanArsdale Hoot, if you really want to keep the children in your future safe, move to a car-free area. Right now it seems you are worried so about the mote in your neighbor's eye, you cannot see the beam in your own.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Mar 9, 2013 at 07:40 AM
    And these 200 pepol speak for the millions of NRA members and for the law abiding gun owners in this nation. I THINK NOT, and your right Maryann Im also sick of these libs. pushing their agenda when something bad happens but thats the lib. mind set, good call Maryann
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