Moms to Protest Gun Violence Saturday in Durham

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Moms will stage a walk in Durham this Saturday to honor gun violence victims and their mothers, raise awareness of gun violence and make their voices heard as N.C. lawmakers are crafting legislation related to gun control.

The walk is part of a national Mother’s Day campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The campaign includes the release of a Mother’s Bill of Rights, laying out the basic rights the group believes moms want and need to protect their kids from gun violence. Walkers will gather in the Sister Cities Grove area of the Durham Farmers Market at 11:30 a.m. Mothers affected by gun violence will speak and Moms Demand Action members will read the Mother’s Bill of Rights. Participants will then briefly walk together on sidewalks in the vicinity of the farmers market, which is at 501 Foster St.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Moms Demand Action – Triangle Chapter, along with members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will offer an opportunity for families and supporters to bring pictures of their children and use them to create Mother’s Day cards. The groups will mail the cards to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr at the conclusion of the walk.  Burr was among the 46 senators who voted in April against expanding background checks for gun sales.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns reports that recent independent polls have found that 90 percent of North Carolinians support background checks for all gun buyers.

The N.C. legislature is considering a bill that would expand the places in North Carolina where people can carry concealed weapons. House Bill 937 would allow permit holders to have concealed weapons on greenways and bike trails, and in businesses that serve alcohol; and concealed weapons could be locked in vehicles on community college and university campuses..

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