Skip to comments.DC: Million Mom March Asks Redskins to Cancel Shooting Event with NRA
Posted on 10/10/2006 1:11:58 PM PDT by kiriath_jearim
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The District of Columbia Million Mom March (MMM) Chapter is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder to cancel a shooting event with the National Rifle Association (NRA) that has been planned for Oct. 17, 2006. The second annual "Redskins Sporting Clays Challenge" is being held despite a public outcry over last year's event. The stated purpose of the event is to benefit the Redskins' Charitable Foundation.
The NRA is currently lobbying Congress to pass legislation (H.R. 1288 and S. 1082) that would repeal the city's gun laws. The bills would legalize handguns, semiautomatic assault rifles and .50 caliber sniper rifles; allow any person to carry, openly or concealed, loaded handguns and other concealable firearms in houses, places of business, or other land "possessed by that person"; and, severely weaken the District's ban on armor- piercing handgun ammunition.
The NRA-backed legislation is vigorously opposed by virtually every elected official in the District, Democrat and Republican alike. Mayor Anthony Williams, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Charles H. Ramsey, and DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton have all spoken out repeatedly against repealing DC's gun laws. "More handguns would mean more gun crimes, more gun violence and more homicides, as well as more accidental shootings and suicides," Ramsey said in testimony before Congress in June of 2005. "More guns will also mean a greater threat to our police officers."
Last year, DC youth groups including Peaceoholics and Facilitating Leadership in Youth delivered a petition directly to Snyder at Redskins Park opposing the event. They then stood in the rain to protest when the Sporting Clays Challenge was conducted at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center. One of the protestors, James Ford, explained his reasons for being there that day: "We are losing our black youth at a rapid rate in the city. If our team is willing to support something that would kill the next generation of fans, then I need to protest."
"It's sad to see the Redskins holding this event again when DC youth so emphatically spoke out against it last year," said DC MMM President Ladd Everitt. "We have already lost 15 of our young people to gun violence in the District this year and- despite their assertions to the contrary-the Redskins can do no good for DC youth by partnering with an organization that wants to flood our community with more guns, including assault weapons."
MMM DC is urging residents of the District, and concerned citizens in the greater Washington area, to call the Redskins' front office at 703-726-7000 to encourage them to cancel the Oct. 17 event with the NRA immediately.
The MMM shows what they are truly about - all guns are bad, even sporting weapons.
"Snyder asks Multi-Man March to STFU".
If one anti-gun organization objects, that amounts to "public outcry".
Show me the million moms and maybe I will entertain your demands. BTW, the Redskins don't play in DC, they play in Maryland and practice in VA. Why do moms care whether people enjoy shooting sports?
THe Redskins shot 15 kids last year????
What, all twelve of them?
Dang. IIRC, this is the same group that a few years back convinced the Washington Bullets to change their name to avoid being associated with crime & violence.
They decided to be known as simply "the Bullets"
What a bunch of hooey! As an NRA member and law abiding citizen, one need only to look at the ever rising violent crime rate in D.C. - and that's WITH their total gun ban. So, the little scary cats are afraid to allow law-abiding citizens their RIGHT to protect themselves, their families, and their properties. Just another ploy of the anti-gun left. Thank God for the Second Amendment!
Should have been more, there are a lot of OLD GOATS in DC and it would have prevented more. /S
Can't have that! You might end up with a crime problem in DC.
/do I really need the sarc tag?
"Mark Brunell fires a bullet to his open wide receiver...what's that, you say? Can't use that? Aw jeez, OK."
"Mark Brunell happily throws the fluffy pink football to his transgendered receiver, who has returned from the performance-challenged list..."
There are Republican elected officials in the District?
Who knew? But that is beside the point. The second amendment applies in the District, even if you think it only restricts the federal government. Constitutionally, Congress has "exclusive Legislation" (Art. 1 Section 8, next to last paragraph) over the District. Local elected officials can go pound sand, they may not restrict the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Maybe the NRA should just call the Indiana Pacers.
No, the guns did, you big silly. Didn't you read the article? It's all about the "gun crime". You know, where those nasty guns all go shooting themselves off and killing our kids. No perps....just guns.
You sir, need more Kool-Aid! /sarc
Good one! You're a Wizard...