Local gun control group employs lemonade to protest Congress' inaction

2013-08-30T17:15:00Z Local gun control group employs lemonade to protest Congress' inactionDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A local gun control group is holding lemonade stands this weekend to protest Congress’ failure to enact tougher gun laws.

Moms Demand Action will join chapters from across the nation Sunday and hold a lemonade stand from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Avenue.

The group hopes to pressure Congress to pass background check legislation when they return for the fall session.

“Congress gave America lemons in April when the Senate failed to pass common-sense legislation,” said Jocelyn Strauss, Moms Demand Action Tucson Chapter leader, in a press release. “But we were not deterred, and we’re making lemonade out of the lemons we were given. Our lemonade stands are our way of taking a stand. American moms demand new and stronger gun laws, and we’re not going away.”

A local gun-rights advocate said the protest amounts to a lesson in futility.

“(They) can make all of the lemonade they want,” said Ken Rineer, president of Gun Owners of Arizona. “Asking for more restrictions on law abiding firearm owners will do nothing to change violent people in to non-violent people. Therefore, all they have is a lemon.”

Folks who stop by the stands will be able to fill out postcards imploring their members of Congress to commit to working on stronger gun laws when they return from the summer recess.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or ddaronco@azstarnet.com. Follow on twitter @DarrenDaRonco

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