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."
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