SOMA Residents March in DC for Gun Control

A group of local residents joined One Million Moms for Gun Control march on Washington.


A bus full of 50 South Orange and Maplewood residents and friends rolled out of Maplewood Saturday at 5:30 a.m. to join the March on Washington, DC for Gun Control. 

Thanks to Heather Harrington, who organized the bus trip, the group went to the nation’s capital as part of the new One Million Moms for Gun Control movement that has formed and gathered considerable steam since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

With chapters from coast to coast, and simultaneous marches taking place in Jersey City, Boston and many others, these locals chose to join fellow activists from all over, including a large group from Newtown, CT.

 The SOMA group consisted largely of women, but there were dads and youth, including 12-year-old Callum Howald whose yellow sign was bright in color and clear in message: “Almost 12-year-old for Gun Control.” 

Demonstrators marched in silence from the Capitol to the Washington Monument to show support of the reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, such as the one used at Sandy Hook that left 20 children and six adults dead, as well as the gunman and his mother as well as a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines; and universal background checks. 

Many carried simple white signs with the names of gun violence victims printed in black letters, while others carried signs with images of loved ones with powerful messages, and still others’ bore messages that harkened back to the peace movement of the 1960s. 

Saturday’s gun control rally in DC was organized by Suzanne Blue Star Boy, theater director Molly Smith and featured speakers that included Shannon Watts, who launched One Million Moms for Gun Control with a post on Facebook, Congresswoman and civil rights activist Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, playwright and poet Dan Beatty, Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard, actor Kathleen Turner and more.

Many who rode the bus Saturday have vowed to stay involved and to share the message. Stay tuned. The movement has just begun.

Chalk_it_up January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Did they leave their chalk down there? Hope so.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 29, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Thanks for covering the SOMa contingent that braved cold temps to go march for the values in which many of our community believe. Am very happy to know at least one of the people that made that trip. I appreciate you going and representing my viewpoint!
Matthew Carmel January 29, 2013 at 05:36 PM
The legislature can ban guns and ammunition, but it can’t ban evil. Someone bent on doing evil will never be deterred because one particular type of tool is unavailable. That is one of the great fallacies of gun control. Another fallacy is the belief that criminals and madmen will even follow the laws that are passed. They won’t. The only ones affected by gun control laws are the law abiding citizens who follow them, who are left at the mercy of the criminals and madmen who don’t.
DS January 29, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Your logic is flawed. When one boards a plane, in the interests of public safety, weapons are not permitted to be carried into the cabin. This restriction is not a violation of one's 'right' to own a gun. As weapons are dangerous, the airlines have a responsibility to protect the safety of their passengers. This responsibility to keep the public safe exists on the ground, in our communities as well, and that is why strong regulation of deadly weapons is required.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 29, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Mr. Carmel, I respect your rights as an entrepreneur and American so much so that I was one of the [few] people who actually supported you in your effort to sponsor a youth softball team a few seasons ago. And if you can get funding and interest in your palm pistol as well, there should be no opinion here or elsewhere that should invalidate your ability to produce, market and sell it legally and proudly in this country. But if you cannot fathom the need for even the most basic levels of control and registration and limits on all firearms/ammunition, and the need to stop producing certain types of them for non-military use, you will have shown yourself to be an unreasonable person. You are in a unique position to help educate the community in which you have chosen to live about something you clearly feel passionate about. Please bring something to the discussion aside from the same tired arguments and roadblocks.
Faulty_Logic_Detector January 29, 2013 at 09:35 PM
A hammer is a "deadly weapon" as well, yet I do not need to crawl to some licensure despot and wait a year in order to obtain an identification card to purchase one. Nor, I might add, do i have an explicit Constitutional right to keep and bear a hammer.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Too bad some people can't post with their real name, or, at the very least, a name that isn't chosen singularly to insult or mock the poster with whom they are disagreeing.
Daniel Wright January 30, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Great work! Now we need these Million Moms to Save the Women's Club!
Not_my_real_name January 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM
So you post with your "real name". you want a cookie?


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