Sep 10, 2015 8:57 PM
Group rallies in Nashua for tougher gun laws after Virginia media shootings
NASHUA- Standing outside US Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Nashua office Thursday, Moms Demand Action say they’ll “Do Whatever It Takes” to cut down on gun violence.
The movement is inspired by Andy Parker, the father of reporter Alison Parker who, along with her cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed during a live news report by a disgruntled former employee of their station.
“It’s gotta stop, it’s out of control,” said Monica Dove of Nashua.
The Virginia shooter bought his gun legally as he had no criminal record and no diagnosed history of mental illness.
As they read off the names of New Hampshire residents killed or injured by gun violence this summer, the group is calling for tougher legislation.
“Close the loophole and the background check laws, so sensible gun measures like not allowing dangerous people to get their hands on guns,” said Deb Howard of Moms Demand Action.
Peter Bouchard, a retired Nashua Police officer of 26 years stumbled upon the demonstration, and says he’s not sure why they’d protest guns.
“New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine are some of the safest states in the country and we have the most sensible yet relaxed gun laws in the country,” Bouchard said.
Senator Ayotte’s office released a statement:
“Kelly Ayotte's thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. As a former prosecutor who has worked extensively with crime victims and their families, Kelly supports background checks and has a strong record of putting criminals behind bars. In the Senate, she has led bipartisan efforts to strengthen our nation’s mental health system, and supported bipartisan legislation to improve the background check system, increase prosecutions of those who illegally seek to obtain firearms, encourage states to submit relevant mental health records into the system, and provide additional resources for school safety while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” – Liz Johnson, spokeswoman for Senator Ayotte.