Gun law reform rally held in Lansing
Updated: Sunday, April 14 2013, 09:48 AM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Mothers show up in strong numbers to share their stance on gun control in Lansing Saturday.
The organization, "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" stood in front of the State Capitol Building, sharing their support for stricter gun laws.
The organization was created the day after the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Newschannel 3 met with one Kalamazoo family there in memory of a college student killed by gun violence.
Many of us in may remember the 1999 murder of Maggie Wardle, killed in her Kalamazoo College dorm by her ex.
Her family hopes every parent will wake up and understand stricter gun laws should bee in place.
"It was a hunting rifle he bought because he would have too many checks he bought it with a college ID," said Rick Omilian, Maggie's Step-Father.
Omilian believes common sense gun laws would have prevented his step-daughter's killer from bringing one onto the Kalamazoo College Campus.
"There are 33,000 deaths because there are suicide accidents, accidental discharge and also domestic violence that's what happened to Maggie," said Omilian.
"Listen to the 90 percent who want common gun sense. Don't listen to the people with deep pockets," said Linda Brundage, Mid-Michigan, Lansing Chapter.
Leaders with the 100,000 strong national organization say they're just getting started her in Michigan.
Leaders are pushing for stricter federal and state laws to ensure what happened to Maggie or the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut can't be repeated.
This includes universal background checks on all gun purchases and a ban on magazine clips larger than 10 rounds.
Supporters of tougher gun laws won a key vote in Washington D.C.
A 68-31 vote on the senate floor Thursday cleared the way for a debate on gun control legislation.
An emerging bipartisan deal would expand required background checks for sales at gun shows and online, not private purchases.
We asked Republican Sate Senator Mike Nofs this week for his view.
"I always think its good to have discussion on any issue, it's part of our job. As a former law enforcement official, you gotta remember, criminals don't follow the rules and regulations that's why their criminals," said State Sen. Mike Nofs, (R) Battle Creek.