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Group calls on Congress to enact stronger gun-control measures

Published: Fri, February 22, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Robin Wesson’s 22-year-old brother was shot to death Nov. 9, 2007 in front of his East Side home. Starting shortly after the shooting, she has since channeled her grief in positive ways.

She advocates against gun violence, takes her anti-violence messages to youngsters, and reminds people of the constant pain from such a loss.

Wesson’s brother’s killing also was an impetus for her participation in tonight’s vigil in Central Square to call attention to what participants feel is a need for stronger gun-control measures.

“I never, ever want to see anybody hurt as bad as my family still hurts,” said Wesson, holding a photo album containing several pictures of her brother, Sidney Wesson, who she said also mentored children.

Wesson and fellow participants, John Jackson, Mark Gavin Sr., Roger Chamberlain and George Newth, are volunteers with Organizing for Action, an offshoot of a political-action committee President Barack Obama started.

The one-hour local gathering was one of an estimated 125 such vigils that took place today across the country to raise greater awareness of the effects of gun violence and the need for reforms, Jackson said.

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1Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I understand the loss people feel but as a gun owner mine has never just jumped up and started firing randomly, never jumped in some childs hand to cause harm. Wouldn't the article work a lot better if you replaced the word gun with the word people? A hammer didn't build a house a person did. It was just a tool used. A gun didn't kill Mr Wesson a person did. the gun was just the tool used.

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2NoBS(2269 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't understand how people can blame one inanimate object for the death of a human, but not all inanimate objects. When someone dies as a result of being hit by a car, nobody blames the car. When someone is stabbed, nobody blames the knife. When someone is poisoned, nobody blames the poison.

You gun-haters, ask yourself why the Constitution specifically allows us to own and carry guns freely. And because you're getting ready to say "Yeah, but they had muskets and flintlocks back then!" let me point out that those were the most advanced weapons of the time.

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3RTS1416(117 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

If you replace the word "gun" with "people" the article makes zero sense. I don't see anything in this article that mentions taking law abiding citizens fire arms. It states that she is against gun violence, not guns. I don't hear anyone squealing about M.A.D.D. because they advocate against drunk driving or lobby for stronger measures to prevent it. Stop being so paranoid, jeez.

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4NoBS(2269 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

That's right, RTS - and it's because gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.

Actually, if you substitute the word "gun" with the word "people" the article makes sense. She's now against violent PEOPLE. She's for stronger measures to control PEOPLE.

And your example using MADD doesn't work because MADD does, in fact, advocate tighter and tighter restrictions on drinking and driving. They do demand and lobby for stronger measures to prevent drinking and driving. Why else do you think we have unconstitutional searches of innocent drivers?

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5RTS1416(117 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Ok, so go hide in your basement before the boogeyman gets you.

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6bumbob(143 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The line of reasoning that "the gun doesn't kill people it's the person that kills people" is absurd. The weapon is what enables a person to take the lives of others very easily. Laws should be enacted that make it more difficult for such weapons (many of them unbelievably powerful) to be obtained. Do not make a fetish of the 2nd amendment.

Human life is more valuable than any gun.

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Cars where not made to KILL but GUNS where . It is the only thing they are made for . You may only target shoot , But the Gun is only for killing .
A hammer is made to drive nails , but guns are made to kill . I most likely own more guns of different types then most people. And a gun's main propose is to kill . We need to get off this stupid argument about what guns are for.

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8JoeFromHubbard(1437 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Guns have the ability to "kill" but that is only one of the functions that they can perform.

You have to evaluate the person holding a gun to determine that gun's probable function.

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9RTS1416(117 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

A gun is designed with one function only, to kill, period. I own guns, I enjoy hunting and hunting is killing. To make the comment that they preform any other function is silly. It is just as silly to be afraid of a little girl coming to take your guns when all she is trying to do is make her neighborhood safer.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

RTS now that I think of it, I did see someone use a hand gun as a hammer , OH wait he was beating someone over the head , they called it pistol wiping . But you could drive a nail that way .😏😏😏

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11cue(11 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Do a door to door search and confiscate them all. Shut down all of the guns and ammo sellers. There is no need for civillians to be armed. Lets get serious! We have police forces and a military to control the peace here and abroad.

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