Rally at Montana Capitol calls for ‘commonsense’ gun law reform

Rally at Montana Capitol calls for 'commonsense' gun law reform

Paulette Kohman joins other demonstrators with Moms Demand Action on Tuesday outside the State Capitol decrying recent gun violence in America. A few dozen people gathered in front of the Montana Capitol Tuesday afternoon to call for "commonsense" gun law reform following a rash of gun violence around the country in the past seven days. “We just feel we should be able to go to the grocery store without fear of gun violence,” said Helena resident and local Moms Demand Action organizer Beckie Squires. “This current Legislature seems to put guns above people’s lives, but we aren’t going away. We aren’t giving up. We are in it for the long haul.” Moms Demand Action, the organization behind the impromptu rally, counts about 3 million members among its ranks, and local members of the group said they have long since had enough. "We want to make people more aware that there are things they can do," Squires said. "We have to let the lawmakers in this country know that it’s enough. Enough people have died." According to organizers, Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, by a gunman who purchased the assault rifle used to kill 10 people, including a police officer, just days after the state reversed a ban on such firearms prompted Tuesday’s rally at the Montana Capitol building. Squires said she joined the pro-gun reform organization in 2016 after her niece’s 9-year-old son was shot and killed by another child who managed to obtain an unsecured firearm.

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