Dozens Turn Out For Anti-Gun Rally

Songs, bell-ringing highlight vigil held on street corner near Pleasant Hill City Hall on Monday evening

About 75 people sang, spoke and remembered Monday evening during a vigil to honor the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

The crowd gathered near Pleasant Hill City Hall at the corner of Gregory Lane and Cleaveland Road as they memoralized the victims of the December shooting and called for stricter gun control laws.

The vigil was organized by Contra Costa County chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Other groups, such as MoveOn, joined in.

Some of those attending held signs and pictures of the 20 children shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Others held signs calling for an assault weapons ban as well as tighter gun registration laws.

One lone gun rights advocate dressed as a burglar and quietly held a sign that read, "Let's All Give Up Our Guns -- You First."

A trio of songs were sung to guitar music during the half-hour ceremony. The names of the young Sandy Hook shooting victims were read at the end as a bell was rung in their memory.

Speakers also called for tighter gun control laws. Ellis Goldberg, president of the TriValley Democratic Club, told the group that guns should be treated like cars. They should be registered, the owners should have insurance and the places that sell them should be inspected, he said.

Goldberg said the Democratic Club of Contra Costa has endorsed the idea and it is now being presented to the state Legislature.


Babaloo February 26, 2013 at 04:19 AM
When you give up YOUR FREEDOMS, you will be the first and only VICTIM. be a VICTIM. for those of us who refuse to be a VICTIM will walk by when you are being VICTIMIZED. Democrat...Doesn't like carrots, HE / she BANS carrots for everyone. Republican..Doesn't like carrots. A Republican doesn't buy carrots.
Kirk Weir February 26, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Name another fundamental, enumerated (meaning it came from God before the Constitution was ever ratified) right that we need to register, get insurance, pass an inspection - you can't, can you? That's because the right to keep and bear arms is a right, not a privilege. They keep saying gun rights people need to "compromise", and "be reasonable", and simply give those rights away because someone asked us to. Why, exactly, should we do that? Our form of government is based on the rule of law - not the whims of our fellow citizens.
Anne Mobley February 26, 2013 at 05:49 AM
It is not the guns we should worry about. It is the psyche drugs that people take that make them do horrible things with guns or other deadly means. But that would ruin the pharmaceutical industry and too many people have invested in the drug industry. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Sick, drugged people kill people. Us gun owners have our rights and they should not be infringed. Taking guns away from law abiding gun owners will only mean the criminals will be the only ones with guns. I don't want to live in a society like that.
Steven E. Bourdo February 26, 2013 at 06:44 AM
After you decide to give up your rights to bear arms, maybe Obama will convince you to give up your rights to free speach in exchange for Obamacare. It's not me, nor my guns you need to fear but those of the criminals and their stolen/illegally obtained guns. After all, it maybe one of us who fought to preserve the 2nd Amendment rights who save you from the criminals... Probably not though, you did say we don't need them, right?
Becky February 26, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Think really hard before you protest to take away our 2nd Amendment rights! As you stand and support innocent and responsible gun owners losing their right to bear arms, ask yourself how you will defend your family and children when the criminals break into your home, hold you hostage, or beat you like the many crimes that have been reported right her in Pleasant Hill this month. Responsible gun owners are not criminals and don't deserve to have our rights stripped from us. Sandy Hook was traumatic along with many other horrid events, but it also has been overexploited in order to take the first steps toward removing our rights as American Citizens. Wake up people or ladies go ahead and prepare your "whistles" so your attacker can strangle you before they bring out their illegal gun! As a survivor I don't take to the fact if being told to use a whistle or wet myself to avoid being attacked again.... Not going to happen to me or my family and my legal 9mm assures me of that!
Cindy Rubin February 26, 2013 at 05:07 PM
@Babaloo- Which Republican Party are you talking about? When I think of personal liberties and equality, I don't think it will be the GOP who will protect my (anything but gun) rights.
sandra ruliffson February 28, 2013 at 12:50 AM
The right of a well regulated militia to bear arms, is just that: subject to regulation. Even the most recent Heller decision frm the supreme court only allowed that a handgun was allowed in the home by the 2nd amendment. Our greatest right is the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". We denied the victims of Sandy Hook, and the 30+ Americans killed per day, the most basic of all human rights, the right to life, and that is what has to be changed. Sensible gun laws are a major component in seeing that all of us have the right to live our lives in peaceful, secure schools, shopping centers, churches, communities and the like. I will speak out daily for safety first for my kids and grandkids, and every kid I know. that doesn't make me a zealot or a commie, or a fascist or any other name you wish to throw at me. I'm a mother and devoted grandmother and I will never tell my grandchildren that they need to own or carry a gun to be safe in this most blessed country into which they were lucky enough to be born.
Jack March 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Sandra - Well Regulated meant "of troops" and not "regulated by the government" when the bill of rights a nd constitution was drafted. George Washington had a well regulated military...I'm pretty sure the British wernt regulating it. Fact - our nation was born on the ability for citizens to stand up and say "no" to tyrants. Our government is responsible for backing special interest groups up and leaving us hung out to drive. Wall steet received bailouts while we received homelessness. Is this the world you want your kids to live in without a say? Do you want them to be slaves? I didn't think so either...


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