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Local Gun Control Group Takes on Washington

Million Moms for Gun Control is rallying in Washington and a local resident has organized a charter bus.

, and is looking for others who want to come along.

The Million Moms for Gun Control are joining the Jan. 26 March on Washington to take their message the the nation's leaders. Harrington is organizing a bus that will take locals from Maplewood to the nation's capital.

"When the shooting occurred in Newtown," said Harrington, "I looked at the photos of the children killed and was overwhelmed with sadness and anger. I have channeled my anger I have towards our country for its lack of gun control by donating, writing, and calling and now I am ready to march."

Harrington is hoping that a chartered bus, such as the Vanderhoff bus she has reserved, will allow locals to attend the march. She plans to leave Maplewood at 6 a.m. on Jan. 26 and arrive in Maplewood late the same night. Harrington anticipates leaving Washington around 4 p.m., when the march concludes. She said the cost is about $30 per person.

"I feel marches are important to bring public awareness and ultimately change," said Harrington.  "I am proud to live in this community, we sought it out. I hope to bring like minded people together and help to create a  stronger voice for gun control. The NRA is very passionate and determined, people for gun control  must exceed them in passion and willingness to take action."

To contact Heather Harrington to find out more, or to reserve a spot, email:

 gguncontrol21@gmail.com

heather harrington January 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I am sorry but the email is gguncontrol21@gmail.com
Yehuda Alan January 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Have fun
Yehuda Alan January 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Too much time on your hands. How about administration control? These thugs in the white house have too much of it. The issue is not the guns, it's the control.
DrLM January 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I as many other people was speechless when I heard about the Newtown shooting. However, I disagree that the gun control is where the issue lays. I think making Washington aware of mental health issues and reforming education is what needs to be addressed. Most of the shooters/ murderers that have been acted have been young men who were medicated because they didn't fit the mold. These medications are not safe, the pharma acknowledges but many are still treated off-label because teachers complain that they don't behave like the rest of the kids. Teachers need better training in patience and education in mental disorders. If we want to mainstream everyone we need to take action and educate ourselves. It's either this or go back to the 50's and reinstate mental institutions.
DrLM January 14, 2013 at 01:55 PM
https://www.cchrint.org/tag/school-shootings/ Watch the video and realize that mental health issues and not guns are what's making kids hurt themselves or others.
Daria Knarvik January 14, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Noone, noone, noone needs assault weapons. Let's be reasonable.
Steven Serebrenik January 14, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Every one of the shootings has been committed by those who should have been committed... Knowing the adminstration in the WH, assault weapons are only the start. They won't rest unitil they get down to banning slingshots.
Ryan January 14, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Maybe not, but criminals have them, so... Everyone else should be at a disadvantage?
Brian Hurrel January 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Yes, put the onus on teachers, for Heaven forbid we rely on parents to be responsible for their children.
Alex C January 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM
To everyone saying we don't need assault rifles guess what? Its the Bill of Rights not the Bill of Needs. You want to ban so called assault weapons I think that's misguided but fair. But please don't pretend that the Second Amendment does not give us the right to own assault weapons because it actually does just that. If you want to change the laws, change the Constitution. Don't work around it. Because once you negate one of our rights, you can negate them all. Barack Walker Obama already continued Bush's massacre of the Fourth Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Don't let him ignore the Second.
Shamrock1224 January 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I wish them well in their endeavors. Abbey Spangler (VA) is a gun control advocate. She was not directly related to anyone at Va Tech, but decided to do something. We were somewhat directly affected by the shooting, as we lost a young man who was to have become engaged to our daughter (who also attended Va Tech). He was the boy from PA. If the group has a petition to be signed, I would like to sign it. Part of the reason that these guns go into the wrong hands, is that those with mental health issues go under the radar. It's considered an invasion of privacy. In some States the background checks are barely done, especially at the gun shows (that's the loophole). I saw some leaving comments regarding teachers. The Professors at Va Tech went to the administration, but nothing was done. I really hope someone can come up with a solution to this problem.
lucious January 15, 2013 at 01:42 AM
While the mental health issues are surely important when discussing mass shootings such as the tragedy in Newton, if we want to address the far larger problem of gun violence in this country we need to target the guns (via background checks and stricter laws).
S. Carter January 15, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thank you for the courage to lead this important march, Heather. Good Luck!

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