LANSING (WKZO) -- While the debate over new gun control measures has just begun in the U.S. Senate, Hundreds of Michigan residents rallied on the State Capitol steps on Saturday to demonstrate for what they say are "common sense solutions" to reduce gun violence.
The sponsors are a group called Mom’s Demand Action which formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December. The group has 5 chapters in Michigan and many others nation wide.
Mid-Michigan Chapter founder Linda Brundage, who used to live in Richland, says “Our children’s right to live free from harm and fear should be just as important as an adult’s right to own a gun. Politicians can, and must, pass sensible laws that will help protect our kids from gun violence – today, not tomorrow.”
She says they aren’t anti-gun, just for what they say are sensible laws, like universal background checks and limits on the size of magazines. They want large ammunition sales reported to the ATF and a ban on the online sale of ammo. They want gun trafficking to become a federal offense and their specific goal is to counter efforts to soften gun laws at the state level.
Among the speakers Saturday were several survivors of gun violence. Mayor Virg Bernero spoke as a member of the national group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. State Representatives Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids and Sam Singh of East Lansing also addressed the crowd.
The legislation faces an uphill battle in Washington, and a protracted debate. Some of the Senators who voted to cut off the filibuster on Friday, to allow debate on the bills, are not necessarily going to vote for the bills themselves. Any bills that clear the Senate will face a stiffer test in the more conservative U.S. House, thats if they are taken up at all.