Gun violence survivors, elected officials, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America-PA joined together for the “Orange Walk: We Can End Gun Violence” rally to remember the lives taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting three years ago and those in our backyard.
“We can go to church all we want to. but real action comes when people gather together, walk down to the State Capitol, tell those people that if you do not do what you should be doing we’re going to vote you out,” Harrisburg Police Chief Carter, said.
“It tears apart at our communities, it eats apart at our moral fiber, and we’ve got to unite to make the change ourselves.” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said.
“We need to get illegal guns off the streets,” Rayon Braxton’s mother, the 25-year-old who was shot and killed at his club in Harrisburg in November, Dereasha Leaks, said.
“My son was a pillar of the community. a young entrepreneur, and doing the right things,” Leaks said.
Three years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary 20 students and 6 teacher lives gone too soon.
Many people at the March want lawmakers to crack down on straw purchases and limit the number of guns a person can buy.
“Right now in Harrisburg we could walk five minutes in any direction and find an illegal gun,” Papenfuse said.
And just a few streets over; a gun show at the Farm Show Complex.
“The Second Amendment to the Constitution Guarantees me the right to bear arms,” Show Manager, Robert Elliot, said, “all gun control legislation is going to do in this country is keep the law abiding citizens from protecting themselves. Criminals don’t care about gun laws that’s why they’re criminals.”
“We are talking about common sense. we are not talking about taking anybody’s guns,” State Representative Patty Kim, said.
These people believe closing the loophole in background checks is the first step to saving lives.
“Gun control is one of these issues that often divides us and it really shouldn’t. We should be united around things that are common sense,” Papenfuse said.
Papenfuse has faced a number of legal challenges to the City’s gun ordinances. Gun rights advocates have also challenged laws mandating reporting of lost or stolen guns, and prohibiting the sale or display of guns while the city is under a state of emergency.