Locals protest in ‘gun sense’ rally at Liberty Plaza

Locals protest in 'gun sense' rally at Liberty Plaza

ANN ARBOR, MI — A rally drew about 150 people in favor of gun control to Liberty Plaza on Saturday, June 2. The event was hosted by the Washtenaw County chapter of Moms Demand Action, a nationwide pro gun-control group. The event started with speakers of all ages from around the county. Topics included living as a gun violence survivor and the concentration of violence in poverty-stricken areas. Scores of protestors wore orange shirts, part of the Wear Orange movement, started by friends of the Chicago-born, Hadiya Pendleton. Pendleton was 15 when she was shot in back and killed while playing at a park in Chicago a week after performing in her school marching band at former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. "They chose the color orange because it’s the color that hunters wear to avoid getting shot," said Celeste Kanpurwala, an organizer who’s part of MDA. Kanpurwala’s involvement stems from her father’s death from a firearm suicide. Now, she has kids of her own, and fully understands the risks from guns. "I got involved because I have two little boys." Kanpurwala said. "I want a better, safer future for them." More than 38,000 people died of gun-related injuries in 2016, according to the National Safety Council website . Dana Levin, a protester at the Liberty Plaza event, said she worries about her child, Gabriel Kosnoski, "When my son was 2 years old, he came home from preschool saying that they had a lockdown," she said. "I don’t think […]

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