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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gun rally planned in Lawrenceville

Commemorating the anniversary of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Gwinnettians are planning a rally against gun violence.

In a press release, members of MoveOn.org said they expected about 50 people to come to the Lawrenceville rally today, where protesters plan to encourage U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to support changes to gun safety laws.

"We ask Rep. Woodall to listen to his constituents and stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence," said Kathleen Allen, a local mother, gun owner and MoveOn.org member quoted in the release. "Congress must not wait for the next Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Tucson or Columbine before taking action. Rep. Woodall needs to return to Washington next week and vote to protect our children and our community. We urge Rep. Woodall to stand up against gun violence and know that the extreme NRA doesn't speak for many gun owners."

Allen said she "would give up guns, and high capacity magazines ... to keep them out of the hands of mass murderers." She called President Barack Obama's proposal "reasonable" and said Woodall should consider it.

Protesters are expected to carry banners and sing chants from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Harp seeking GOP chairmanship

Former state Sen. Seth Harp announced this week he will seek the chairmanship of the Georgia Republican Party at a convention this spring.

Harp, who served a decade in the state Senate, is currently the head of the GOP in Muscogee County.

"I believe Georgia Republicans deserve a chairman who will manage your state party with the highest level of professional ethics, integrity, and objectivity. I believe Republicans in Georgia deserve a chairman dedicated to working with, and listening to, the grassroots of our party," Harp said in an email announcing his candidacy. "We need a chairman who knows it is the grassroots who deserve to have their values and their concerns placed at the top of the agenda because without the grassroots, there is no Republican Party in Georgia."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Comments

DavidBrown 1 year, 1 month ago

I love the bumper sticker that Sojourners Ministry is distributing. It reads "In God We Trust. Not Guns".

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 1 month ago

And yet, when Christ and his disciples started facing opposition that was growing more and more violent, Christ told his disciples "If you don't have a sword, then sell your garment and buy a sword. (paraphrasing)" If we're getting rid of legally purchase firearms for the sake of "safety," then we should also get rid of cars, pencils, knives, paperclips, bricks, hands, and feet, as all of those can be used as "weapons."


In other words, the problem is not the gun itself, the problem is the crazy person using it, or the lack of education in how to use it. More people die as a result of car accidents than gun deaths every year, yet no one is proposing removing cars, because we ostensibly train people how to use them. The same should go for firearms. We need better gun education.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 1 month ago

doesn't moveon.org have anything better to do? oh, that's right their little park protest of wall stree didn't work so now they came up with something new. Soros must be very happy about how the liberals spend his money lemmings. What part of the nra is extreme? the nra advocates responsible gun safety and responsible hunting. just how many of these mass shooters were members of the nra?

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DavidBrown 1 year, 1 month ago

"FordGalaxy", you're referring to Luke 22:35-38. That passage cannot be used to endorse possessing a weapon. Keep some things in mind. Later that night: when one of the disciples (Peter) used a sword, Jesus rebuked him for doing so. That rebuke is recorded in three of the four gospels. Also, keep in mind this is the same Jesus who said "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword".

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 1 month ago

So, Christ actually saying "buy a sword" cannot be used to interpret Christ as meaning "buy a sword?" Boy, the rules of Biblical interpretation just keep changing. Sometimes we're told that the Bible must be taken literally...and then when we take it literally we're told that we shouldn't. It's hard to keep up with the rules now.


Yes, he rebuked Peter for his action. Consider, though, that Peter was aggressively attacking someone, not personally defending himself. I take Christ's recommendation to "buy a sword" to mean "have a sword for personal defense." If he had said "buy a sword and then kill people with it," then we might have an argument.


Why would Christ tell them to buy a sword if he didn't mean for them to buy a sword?

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 1 month ago

I am real sorry . Wasn't the school shooting in a " GUN FREE " zone..Now read the new law to me that would have prevented the shooting in this zone....I am just asking.

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RiggaTony 1 year, 1 month ago

The only way to make sure we are all safe is to make gun ownership for all non-felon citizens mandatory.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 1 month ago

If gun ownership is left as is more people will be safe..That even means the liberal David Brown...Someone try to rob him and they dont know if he is carrying or not.....If firearms are made illegal then they know David dosent have one....We are now protecting you David but soon we may not be able to anymore....Sorry David we tried.

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