Rally to be held in Cincinnati for gun violence awareness

At the firing range Friday, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey was taking aim at more than just a target. At the close of a week of funerals from the Texas school shootings, the weight of her responsibility never leaves her sightline. “How can we prepare? What’s happening?” she asked rhetorically as she pondered the what-if scenarios. “How can we stop this from happening and then if we do encounter it happening. How can we best be prepared to go in, keep kids safe?”McGuffey will speak Saturday morning at a Fountain Square rally organized by Moms Demand Action. They’re asking everyone to wear orange and to understand what they’re about.”We support the second amendment,” said organizer and emcee Anna Albi. “We support your right to have a firearm. We want you to be safe about it and we want to have smart regulation.”Last night, President Joe Biden called for either banning assault weapons or raising the age of purchase to 21.Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor, Jan Michele Kearney, will also speak Saturday about state-level changes she’d like to see. “You know, we still have loopholes,” she told us Friday. “You can buy guns online. You can buy guns at gun shows without background checks. We need to expand background checks. We need to do background checks for ammunition as well.”Congressman Brad Wenstrup is among the congressional leaders who want to harden schools , and train and arm teachers. He does not believe gun bans are effective. McGuffey said that might sound good, but sensible gun regulation is what will help prevent another Uvalde, Texas. She and others who will be a part of the Fountain Square rally from 10 am to noon Saturday sense momentum.”So, I’ll say this time feels different,” Albi stated with a tone of confidence.She noted that Moms Demand Action already has eight million members nationwide. “In just the past week, Ohio has 8,000 plus people signed up”, she said. “So, this moment in time is different. So, yes, there’s been rallies before. But I think collectively Ohioans and people around the nation have reached their breaking point. They are ready for action.” Exactly what that would translate into is unclear at the moment.At dusk Thursday, an orange glow can be seen at the Museum Center, Paul Brown Stadium and Fountain Square to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.Sheriff McGuffey remained aware Friday about what she believes is a pressing need to put more safeguards , and more restrictions in place.”We’re all in law enforcement losing sleep over this. I promise you that,” she said.

At the firing range Friday, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey was taking aim at more than just a target. At the close of a week of funerals from the Texas school shootings, the weight of her responsibility never leaves her sightline.

“How can we prepare? What’s happening?” she asked rhetorically as she pondered the what-if scenarios. “How can we stop this from happening and then if we do encounter it happening. How can we best be prepared to go in, keep kids safe?”

McGuffey will speak Saturday morning at a Fountain Square rally organized by Moms Demand Action. They’re asking everyone to wear orange and to understand what they’re about.

“We support the second amendment,” said organizer and emcee Anna Albi. “We support your right to have a firearm. We want you to be safe about it and we want to have smart regulation.”

Last night, President Joe Biden called for either banning assault weapons or raising the age of purchase to 21.

Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor, Jan Michele Kearney, will also speak Saturday about state-level changes she’d like to see.

“You know, we still have loopholes,” she told us Friday. “You can buy guns online. You can buy guns at gun shows without background checks. We need to expand background checks. We need to do background checks for ammunition as well.”

Congressman Brad Wenstrup is among the congressional leaders who want to harden schools, and train and arm teachers. He does not believe gun bans are effective.

McGuffey said that might sound good, but sensible gun regulation is what will help prevent another Uvalde, Texas. She and others who will be a part of the Fountain Square rally from 10 am to noon Saturday sense momentum.

“So, I’ll say this time feels different,” Albi stated with a tone of confidence.

She noted that Moms Demand Action already has eight million members nationwide.

“In just the past week, Ohio has 8,000 plus people signed up”, she said. “So, this moment in time is different. So, yes, there’s been rallies before. But I think collectively Ohioans and people around the nation have reached their breaking point. They are ready for action.”

Exactly what that would translate into is unclear at the moment.

At dusk Thursday, an orange glow can be seen at the Museum Center, Paul Brown Stadium and Fountain Square to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Sheriff McGuffey remained aware Friday about what she believes is a pressing need to put more safeguards, and more restrictions in place.

“We’re all in law enforcement losing sleep over this. I promise you that,” she said.

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