Both Sides of Gun Control Debate Rally at Statehouse
(WIBC.com photo: Amber Stearns)
People on both sides of the gun control debate rallied at the Indiana Statehouse Saturday morning.
About 100 members of One Million Moms for Gun Control marched around Monument Circle then to the statehouse to voice their demand for change. Andrea Speigelberg, co-chair of the Indianapolis chapter, says the local rally was to echo other rallies being held around the country and in Washington D.C.
"You know, (we) support Obama's executive actions, but also, those are just orders and actions at this point," says Speigelberg about the rally. "It's to really just keep up communication with our lawmakers and demand that there be common sense solutions to gun legislation."
Speigelberg says the local chapter is also approaching state legislators to address gun regulations in Indiana that they view as too relaxed.
About 2 dozen gun owners held signs and guns on the sidewalk in front of the statehouse for the counter argument to the gun control debate.
Melinda Porter is an Indiana mother who says she obtained a gun and learned how to use it from her husband, who is ex-military, shortly after their son was born. Porter says stricter gun control laws will only empower the criminals who ignore the laws anyway by making it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves.
When it comes to moms wanting to save their children with stricter gun laws Porter says, "Gun control will not save them, it'll only make it worse."