Concerned Citizens Join Corporate Watchdog in Protest Outside Newtown-Area Walmart Demanding An End to Assault Weapon Sales
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 02:51 PM EST
Gun Violence Survivors Demand Walmart Honor 2004 Pledge and Stop Selling Assault Weapons and Munitions Nationwide
Nearly 300,000 Join Gun Violence Survivors Letter To Walmart, Demand Retailer Stop Selling Assault Weapons and Deadly Munitions
Today, Tuesday, January 15th, gun violence survivors joined dozens of Walmart customers to demand that Walmart, the nations largest gun retailer, honor a 2004 pledge and stop the sale of assault weapons and munitions in their stores nationwide. Gun violence survivors, consumer watchdogs and concerned citizens rallied outside the Walmart in Danbury, Connecticut, just minutes from Newtown, to deliver a letter from survivors asking Walmart to honor its pledge.
Activists delivered a petition with nearly 300,000 concerned consumers standing in solidarity with gun violence survivors, demanding the company stop selling assault weapons and put people over profits. Today’s action at Walmart is organized by SumOfUs.org, a global corporate watchdog, and joined by similar petitions on SignOn.org, Change.org, MomsRising and Courage Campaign. The delivery will occur one month after the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.
Who: Gun violence survivors, corporate watchdogs, consumer advocates and concerned Americans and parents join together to deliver a letter from survivors of gun violence urging Walmart to honor their 2004 pledge to stop selling assault weapons. Gun violence survivors attending and available for interviews:
• Lori Haas - Lori's daughter Emily was shot and injured in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, in which 32 of her classmates and professors were murdered. The shooter had been adjudicated mentally ill and was prohibited from buying firearms, but his mental health records had not been submitted to the background check database, so he was able to pass a check and buy the murder weapons from a licensed gun dealer.
• Pam Simon - Pam attended the January 8th Congress on Your Corner event as Rep. Giffords's Community Outreach Director. Pam was shot in the chest and hand. Pam recently retired. Prior to working for Rep. Giffords, she was a middle school teacher.
• Christina-Taylor Green- Christina lost her daughter at the January 8th event in Tucson.
"Members of the SumOfUs.org community are demanding that the nation's largest gun retailer stop breaking its 2004 promise to end the sales of assault weapons,” said Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfus.org. “If Walmart wants to call itself a family-friendly store, it needs to stop profiting off dangerous weapons designed to kill large numbers of people. Walmart has an opportunity to help put an end to these tragedies and we demand that it join us in saying enough.” View SumOfUs’s petition here: http://action.sumofus.org/a/walmart-guns/?sub=pr
“In the past, Walmart has responsibly volunteered to stop selling assault weapons, but they haven't followed through on past promises,” said MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “We’re here to hold Walmart to its promise. Assault weapons have no place in our communities. We want Walmart to show they care about children and families by stopping sales of assault weapons to keep our communities safer.” View MomsRising’s petition here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Walmart-Weapon/
"As an elementary school teacher, I am obligated to keep my students safe from harm. I want to see gun violence end, and a step in a positive direction would be for Walmart, the nation's largest gun retailer, to stop selling assault weapons completely," said 4th grade teacher Lauren Buglino, who launched her petition on Change.org. View Lauren Buglino's petition via Change.org here: http://www.change.org/walmartguns
"Wal-Mart, as the largest gun dealer in the country, needs to decide if it wants to be part of the problem or part of the solution. It is far past time that Wal-Mart put the public's safety ahead of their bottom line and ban assault rifles like those used in the tragic shooting in Newtown," said Courage Campaign Chair and Founder Rick Jacobs. "Wal-Mart's slogan says 'live better', and I think we would all live better if Wal-Mart removed these deadly weapons from their shelves." View Courage Campaign’s petition on SignOn.org here: www.signon.org/sign/tell-wal-mart-stop-selling