Community leaders will be gathering in Delray Beach on Saturday for a "We Have Not Forgotten and Demand Action" event. And while the name is overly long and uninspired, the event itself is intended to be a loud shout in the face to Congress and lobbyists alike that gun control laws must pass.
With the Senate grappling to make some kind of sweeping gun control law that will eventually be a tepid, watered down, sopping piece of nothing by the time all the "compromising" is done, some elected officials are still very much going hard to the hoop when it comes to gun control.
Mayor Glickstein of Delray Beach, Mayor Muoio of West Palm Beach and Angela Williams of Mothers Against Murders will host the event along with Organzing for Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The event's purpose to basically call on members of Congress to support gun violence prevention measures, such as requiring background checks for commercial gun sales.
The most recent measure, a bipartisan fun-fair introduced by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is a good start, though it's riddled with loop holes big enough for the NRA to throw Charlton Heston's casket through, and will likely not get very far, or end up a tattered mess by the time it does, by some insane magical fairy dust sprinkled miracle, get passed.
Still, now is a good time for Congress to be reminded that 92% of Americans support measures like background checks for all gun sales, as well as the ban on assault rifles.
The bottom line here is that the community leaders want to show that keeping machine guns and handguns away from dangerous people by making it harder for said dangerous people to get them is not pissing on the Second Amendment as much as it's about protecting lives and preventing more tragedies -- hence the event's name.
Even with that in mind, we're sure some gun-dry-humpin yokel is gonna show up talking about how Barack OKenya is gonna take everyone's guns and use them to shoot baby seals in the mouth and that assault rifles are awesome because MURRICAAHH!!
The group holding the event, Organizing for Action, is a grassroots non-profit, non-partisan organization. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is also a host of the event.
The event is taking place at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
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