Anti-Gun Violence Group Protests at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax
FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) — About 60 members of a newly formed anti-gun violence group in Northern Virginia protested in front of the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax on Friday morning.
The group, which calls itself the Reston-Herndon Community Against Violence, dressed in black and carried signs displaying facts about the gun violence in hopes of getting more Americans behind President Barack Obama’s gun violence prevention proposals.
Founder Joanna Simon said the group stands strongly in support of the Second Amendment, but feels that regulation of guns — including an assault rifle ban, universal background checks, and limitations on high-capacity magazines — is well within constitutional limits.
Simon, who has two young grandchildren, said she formed the group with the help of MoveOn.org in response to the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Some passersby Friday honked and gave thumbs-ups while others offered up some obscene gestures as the group marched outside the NRA headquarters on Waples Mill Road in Fairfax.
The group said it hopes to hold similar protests each month.
WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.
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