Everytown for Gun Safety will have 100 rallies across the nation this weekend, including one in Fort Wayne, to urge the U.S. Senate to pass legislation restricting access to firearms.
The local rally will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Allen County Courthouse Green. Participants will include members of Moms and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that advocates for an end to gun violence, is pressing the Senate to approve legislation that would require background checks for all gun sales and establish a national “red flag” law to let courts order the removal of guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others.
“The American people want action on gun violence, and we're saying so in a voice loud enough for every senator to hear,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. “We're unleashing the full power of our grass-roots movement and leading our most aggressive August spending effort ever, to ensure the Senate gets the message and passes background checks and a strong federal 'Red Flag' law.”
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, wrote in a statement: “There is not a parent left in America that doesn't fear that their child could be next. That's why our volunteers have planned events in all 50 states to make sure our senators know that lawmakers can vote to keep our families safe, or we will vote them out.”