|By PR Newswire||
|January 21, 2014 12:44 PM EST||
RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the holiday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginians, including nearly 200 members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, rallied and met with legislators to ask for new and stronger gun laws. Nearly 450 people attended what state officials called the largest gun reform gathering at the state capitol in more than 20 years. Speakers at a vigil honoring gun violence victims included Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring.
Moms carried American flags while waiting in line outside of the capitol -- but all sticks had to be removed from the flags before entering the building due to safety concerns. However, guns -- including semi-automatic rifles -- are allowed inside the state capitol and even allow Virginians to get into an express line.
"The tide has begun to turn. It is up to moms to push for common-sense gun reforms to ensure that dangerous individuals do not have access to guns and to stop the erosion of Virginia's gun laws," said Luisa Caro, communications lead of Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action. "Mothers are living by the words of Dr. King, 'our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.'"
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand
SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America