Posted: Friday, 02 August 2013 5:21AM

Rally in Minneapolis Aimed at Making a Change in a Big Way

MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), August 2 – A rally was held this week to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence. “No More Names” is a national drive put on by Protect Minnesota as well as other support from The Brady Campaign and others. The group is traveling in a bus around Minnesota to bring awareness.
“We have been fighting gun violence in the state of Minnesota since 1990 as an organization. And with the help of so many people who are here today, we have won some battles, like saving Minnesota background check law in 2011 and also helping to stop the shoot first bill that almost became law in 2012.” 
Heather Martens, Executive  Director of Protect Minnesota continued by reading a few names from a list of close to 7,000 people who have died as a result of gun violence.
The NRA was not able to be reached for comment.
Protect Minnesota statistics show that everyday, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country.
“My sister was shot to death 20 years ago and I’ve been working on this issue for a long, long time. And frankly, I’m tired of hearing the names, I’m tired of having to read names, I’m tired of looking at names, I’m tired of looking at pictures… something has to change.”
Joan Peterson, Board of Directors for Protect Minnesota also said that something like this is making a statement in a big way and that’s what people may need to have changes made.
Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar as well as Representatives Erik Paulsen and John Kline were thanked for their continued support. Sami Rahamim, active advocate for Protect Minnesota even spoke with Rep. Tim Walz.
“I’ve spoke several times with Representative Walz and his staff and I just wanted to thank him for his support as well on the issue.”

Representative Walz wasn’t available for comment.