Gun Protesters Target Walmart Near Newtown

Set to call for an end to assault weapons sales

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2013 9:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Anti-gun protesters are taking their message to a Walmart store eight miles from Newtown. In a rally today, they'll call on the company—the largest gun retailer in the country—to stop selling assault weapons. Activist group Sum of Us will give Walmart a letter supporting the cause, along with boxes containing some 5,000 pages displaying 291,000 signatures, reports the HuffingtonPost.

Speakers at the protest will include Lori Haas, mother of an injured Virginia Tech shooting victim, as well as Pam Simon, who was hurt in the Tucson attack that injured Gabrielle Giffords. Side note: That particular Walmart, in Danbury, Conn., doesn't actually sell what Reuters describes as lethal firearms.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 photo a woman pushes a shopping cart away from the entrance of a Walmart store in North Kingstown, RI.
In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 photo a woman pushes a shopping cart away from the entrance of a Walmart store in North Kingstown, RI.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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