An anti-gun group protested outside the Danbury Walmart demanding the retailer stop selling assault-type weapons.
The protest organized by SumOfUs.org wants Walmart to stop selling AR-15 assault weapons like the one used in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting last month, according to a press release. The weapon was also used in the Oregon mall shooting and the Aurora, Co movie theater last summer.
According to the organizers,” Walmart removed the gun from its website, but not its actual stores, and it’s still stocking other semi-automatic rifles.” The protesters delivered a letter signed by several mass shooting survivors asking Walmart to honor its pledge.
Since the Newtown shooting, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, state lawmakers have proposed several bills in the General Assembly that would ban assault weapons as well as the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.
The protest in Danbury coincided with a press conference held by dozens of the nation's faith leaders in Washington petitioning lawmakers to reinstitute a ban on assault weapons, require background checks on all gun buyers, and make gun trafficking a federal crime. The Washington press conference was organized by the two-year-old coalition Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence. In Connecticut, a group of more than 200 interfaith clergy have signed a petition vowing to fight for sensible gun control laws.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll published on Jan. 14, a month after the Newtown massacre, found that 52 percent of Americans said the horror of Newtown had made them more supportive of gun control.
On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a gun control bill.