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Non-partisan ‘Gun Sense’ group sets public interest meeting

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A public interest meeting has been scheduled in Arkadelphia by a grassroots organization that hopes to curb gun violence in America. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense invites the public to attend at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Citizens Bank, 2710 Pine St.

Local group member Judy Harrison said the non-partisan organization does not oppose guns but rather promotes for gun safety, responsibility and accountability.

Brenda Hardee, left, and Elaine Collins speak Tuesday to a group in Arkadelphia. A public interest meeting will be held next week. | Submitted photo

Moms Demand Action has a chapter in every state and the District of Columbia. Along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, with over eight million supporters. 

Moms Demand Action works with gun violence survivors, mayors, law enforcement officers, faith leaders, educators, gun owners, local businesses, doctors and more in communities across the country to prevent gun violence. The organization says it does this work because every day more than 110 Americans die from gun violence and hundreds more are wounded. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for American children and teens.

Hardee and Collins hold a sign at a recent event in Malvern. | Submitted photo

The daily toll of gun violence in America doesn’t always make headlines, but this violence affects everyone, everywhere. It strikes big cities, small towns and rural communities. The organization says citizens can support responsible gun ownership while doing much more to keep guns out of the wrong hands and create a culture of gun safety. Moms Demand Action advocates for the following policies:

Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands – A Better Background Check System. Lawmakers need to close loopholes in the federal background check system, such as those that allow people to buy guns online or from private sellers without going through a background check. 

Protecting Kids and Communities – Supporting Red Flag Laws and Responsible Access to Firearms. To keep our families safe from gun violence, lawmakers must pursue policies like Red Flag laws, which allow family and law enforcement to intervene if someone poses a threat to themselves or others — before deadly tragedies involving firearms take place. Lawmakers must also limit easy access to firearms and accessories capable of inflicting mass casualties and encourage safe and responsible storage of all guns. 

Addressing America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem – Disarming Domestic Abusers. More than half of women murdered with guns in America are killed by an intimate partner or family member, and women are five times more likely to be killed in a domestic confrontation when a gun is present. Lawmakers must strengthen laws that help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. 

Combating Daily Gun Violence – Supporting Research, Law Enforcement and Local Solutions. The government needs to support law enforcement, researchers and local communities in their efforts to combat daily gun violence by funding new research into gun violence; community-driven, evidence-based interventions to curb city gun violence; and new tools to help law enforcement collect evidence, trace all crime guns, reduce trafficking and solve gun crimes. 

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  1. “Local group member Judy Harrison said the non-partisan organization does not oppose guns but rather promotes for gun safety, responsibility and accountability.”

    LOL, what a lie! They want to disarm working-class Conservatives in the name of “safety” while they defund police departments and let criminals loose with mere slaps on the wrist.

    “pursue policies like Red Flag laws, which allow family and law enforcement to intervene if someone poses a threat to themselves or others”

    And who defines “threat?” If someone has a Trump sign and a Liberal calls the cops on them, does that count? What if they try to take guns away from minorities? People will make stuff up against Conservatives and minorities.

    “limit easy access to firearms and accessories capable of inflicting mass casualties”

    This is Liberal-speak for taking away your AR-15s, 9mm pistols, and anything that can fire 10 rounds or more. Biden outright said he wants to BAN all of those — look it up! And I doubt they’ll stop there…

    This is scary and totalitarian. Every country that bans guns inevitably also ends up encroaching upon freedom of speech and religion, like the UK, communist-occupied China, and Nazi Germany. Precisely, the reason they ban guns is to ban speech that offends them or criticizes the government.

    A major reason I decided to run for Justice of the Peace is because I want to safeguard our constitutional right to keep and bear arms by introducing an ordinance to make Clark County a Second Amendment sanctuary. Even Democrat counties have done it! All elected officials take an oath to the Constitution before God, and although Biden is intent on breaking that oath, our local officials must stand firm against tyranny! Vote for pro-2A candidates this November!

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — the Second Amendment

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

      • Fanatic (noun) “a person who is extremely enthusiastic about and devoted to some interest or activity”

        Yes, I am a fanatic; I fanatically believe the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed — this constitutional, God-given right must be safe-guarded with intense and unwavering devotion, lest America becomes a dictatorship. Biden literally said, “there’s going to be a new world order out there and we’ve got to lead it.” You know what I say? COME AND TAKE IT, SOCIALISTS!

  2. I never could figure out why the Germans let the Nazi’s take over and start exterminating people who didn’t believe their way or weren’t the right race. Now I’m concerned. People of this country better watch out and keep their guard up. These left wing extremists are trying to take your second amendment rights away. It could happen here. Seems like a lawless country anymore after the Roe vs Wade decision by the supreme court, and for the most part even before that. Never thought I’d see anything like this in my lifetime. People are really acting crazy. Lots of instigators and hired thugs are obviously involved in well organized demonstrations. Where do they get all these bull horns anyway? Most of these “Do Gooders ” have their own agenda.

  3. Amelia May Johnson, stay strong. These people are at least brainwashed and for the most part just crazy. Stand your ground! I’m not out here to make friends and just want to be left alone, but these left wing idiots are going to get themselves into a situation that they can’t get out of and wonder “How did this happen!”

    • Thanks! I think they listen to too much mainstream media propaganda and forget these are their rights too. A lot of people just don’t know what the buzzwords mean, so when they hear “ban assault weapons” they don’t think the government is going to come take their 9mm, but that’s exactly what Sleepy Joe wants to do.

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