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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 07:18 AM

Gun debate comes to Akron -- No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence

The nation’s debate over stricter background checks on gun purchases pulled into an Akron city park, where speakers advocated for change Wednesday while a countergroup, some armed with rifles, waved an American flag nearby in a peaceful protest.

The “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” at Grace Park brought out politicians, victims and several dozen supporters of legislation requiring background checks for some firearm purchases. The 25-state bus tour by the group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” targets background checks for private sales, such as those that take place routinely at local gun shows, flea markets and on the Internet.

The speakers primarily aimed their remarks at Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who voted against expanding gun-purchase background checks last spring and thus helped strike down the measure. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic told the audience that Portman “repeatedly misstates the facts about sensible gun safety measures” and that change is long overdue, as evidenced by the number of mass shootings and other gun-related deaths across the country.
Portman’s vote ran counter to the 83 percent of Ohioans who they say supports comprehensive background checks.


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Kolesar Aug 2013 OP
ladym55 Aug 2013 #1

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Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:08 PM

1. I knew someone who attended

She said the countergroup was a grand total of four people carrying assault rifles. The several dozen supporters she estimated to be around 60 people. The supporters did not know that the countergroup's assault rifles had no bullets. She said it was rather unnerving to look at the four men.

It was interesting to read the ABJ coverage. It seemed the reporter attended a different event.

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