March on Washington for Gun Control Is Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, on the National Mall A group of DC-area citizen activists aged 12 to 85 convene to push for stronger gun laws
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Thousands are expected at the March on Washington for Gun Control in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHY: In response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the March is designed to support common-sense legislation to place reasonable limitations on gun ownership to protect all of us. Specifically, March organizers call for these policy changes:
- Reinstate the assault weapons ban
- Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
- Enforce a 28-day waiting period, as well as required background checks
- Require gun-safety training
- Outlaw bullets that shatter in the body
WHERE: Beginning at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd St. NW—across from the Museum of the American Indian—the March will proceed west Constitution Avenue, concluding with speeches and performances at the Washington Monument NE quadrant.
Organizers: Led by Molly Smith, Arena Stage's artistic director, and Suzanne Blue Star Boy, American Indian activist, this group of several dozen DC-area citizen activists also includes a Chicago-born, African-American actor, Paul Oakley Stovall, who was a gun-violence victim at age 21; Peggy Engel, the Newseum's former managing editor; an 85-year-old grandmother; and a 12-year-old videographer who posts to the group's YouTube site. It is co-sponsored by One Million Moms for Gun Control.
Marchers: Marchers will be grouped roughly by geography – DC, Maryland and Virginia, followed by those from other areas of the country.
Speakers/performers: Local and national politicians, as well as representatives of the arts (e.g., singers, writers, actors). Full program will be announced the week of Jan. 14.
To view this video on YouTube, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1CHSPhrpSM
Media Contact: Cynthia Powell March on Washington for Gun Control, (202) 630-6418, CPowell@CPknowhow.com
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