Gun Control Rally Draws Hundreds

By: News 10
By: News 10

Hundreds of people were at the state capitol today -- rallying both for and against gun control.

On one side of this debate -- a national grassroots movement founded after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

On the other -- dozens of people who want to show there are law-abiding people who carry guns -- and don't believe more laws will solve America's violence problem.

"What we're doing is getting out the voice for common sense," says Linda Brundage. "We're not on either extreme, we're representing the middle."

That middle-- according to "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"-- is closing the loopholes that put our children's safety in jeopardy, by banning assault weapons and requiring universal background checks.

"We need to protect our families, our children--- and the way to do that is through the legislative process with comprehensive common sense gun laws," says Brundage, leader of the group's mid-Michigan Lansing chapter.

Members of Michigan Open Carry held a counter protest during Saturday's rally... and say a lot of what "Moms Demand Action" is proposing is not common sense.

"Gun control does nothing to stop criminals from doing what they're doing," says Michigan Open Carry President Phil Hofmeister. "Gun buybacks don't work. You think the criminals are going to give up their guns-- which they use for their trade? It's like asking a carpenter to give up his hammer."

Police disagree. Captain Daryl Green with the Lansing Police Department says closing loopholes in gun laws are necessary, because criminals are getting smarter.

"Some of our savvy criminals know how to navigate the system concerning those loopholes," says Green. "We want to show support for common sense universal background checks for guns."

Whatever side you fall on in the gun control debate, one man from Fenton put it this way--- just speak up.

"All the moms and dads in our country, we have to do something positive," says Tom Moran. "We need to speak up, we need to call our senators and congressman.. ask for something that's common sense."

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was also at the rally. He told the crowd that "sensible gun laws", not more guns, will make communities safer.

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  • by REN Location: Lansing on Apr 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
    The anti-gun lobby can try to pass all the laws they want, they won't do any good. Criminals will not obey them, and law enforcement will not enforce them. "Feel good" legislations do nothing but make people feel like they have done "something". Get serious about common sense, ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS, PROSECUTE CRIMINALS, SEE RESULTS
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 15, 2013 at 07:38 AM
    criminals will by stolen guns off the streets- not get a permit!!!
  • by Brad Location: Lansing on Apr 15, 2013 at 06:23 AM
    It's nice to see the pro gun folks nearly outnumber them at their own event. Benero's a straight up liar. It's been proven that more armed citizens results in lower crime rates. None of them can back their argument up with anything more than emotions. Also worthy of note: The pro gun rally a few weeks ago had nearly 2000 attendees & that was held on a weekday when most had to work!! Still calling themselves the majority & touting their 90% lie though. SMH
  • by Brian Location: Location on Apr 15, 2013 at 04:40 AM
    Taking away one`s choice is not sensible!
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Apr 14, 2013 at 01:49 PM
    Ok hundreds compared to the millions that own guns in this state alone who is more of a force? or will it be the minority ruling the majority agin
  • by lumen3000 Location: Jackson on Apr 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM
    "To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow. ... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding." – Jeff Snyder, author
  • by James Location: Lansing on Apr 14, 2013 at 03:58 AM
    Neither side is effective. The middle ground is where we find solutions.
  • by Terry T Location: Stockbridge on Apr 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
    Hundreds, you say? No Kidding, all that? I suppose if disarming responsibly armed citizens ever becomes a real concern with any real support the turnout could get over say a thousand or so on a warm sunny day.
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 13, 2013 at 06:05 PM
    To solve the problem, people need to be aware of their surroundings and know how to react. Pointing finger at someone and telling them they should not arm themselves is not the solution. Neither is putting a gun in everyone hand.
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