Target: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association
Goal: Condemn the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association for disrespecting the remembrance event of the Aurora shooting
At the 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, 12 people were killed and 70 people wounded. The shooter was James Holmes, who came into the movie theater during the premiere of the Dark Knight Rises and shot and killed many innocent people. After this fatal tragedy, pro-gun groups and gun control groups made it into a political issue.
A year after the Aurora shooting, people gathered to remember the ones who were lost because of the massacre. Survivors of the shootings in both Aurora and Connecticut were some of the people who attended the gathering. At the event, names of shooting victims from all over America were read. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association, a pro-gun group in the area, saw this event as a political rally. The group said that Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that supported the memorial, was politicizing the tragedy. The pro-gun group decided to have their own rally near the memorial to defend the Second Amendment.
A bill was passed in Colorado recently that requires universal background checks. Another law was passed that puts a limit on high capacity weapons. James Holmes used a high capacity weapon in the shootings, yet the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association is against both of these new laws in Colorado.
The rally by the pro-gun group was disrespectful to the victims of the shootings and their families. The event was not a political rally; the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association just started a political rally of its own by glorifying guns. Condemn the group for disrespecting the victims by signing the petition below.
Dear Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association,
The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado that happened one year ago is a sensitive issue. It is not something that should be politicized, especially for the wrong reasons. The massacre shows us that we have to have better gun control legislation, and that is something that your state has been working on recently. A new background check bill and a ban on certain weapons have been passed in Colorado. Those are positive changes that will save lives.
The Democratic representative of the district that Aurora is in, Rhonda Fields, spoke about the rally of the pro-gun group and described it as “a slap in the face of the people who are suffering the loss of a loved one.” Supporting gun rights while nearby there are people who have lost loved ones to gun violence is completely wrong. You made crossed the line by starting your own protest.
It is important to remember and respect the victims of the shootings that happened last year. The rally you started was one of the most disrespectful and uncaring things you could do. The Second Amendment does not matter when it comes to the deaths of numerous innocent people.
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