Obama supporters in Boise gather to support his gun legislation
Jennifer Auh reports on Boise residents gathering in support of President Obama's stricter gun control legislation. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
A group, supporting President Obama's stricter gun laws gathered in Boise and called for a safer America. The "Day of Action" kicked off as a nationwide effort to pressure the GOP to support the president's gun control plan.
Although they were fewer in numbers than those, who rallied for their second amendment rights, here in Idaho, these gun law supporters were just as passionate.
Around 20 Idaho democrats gathered at a local restaurant to brainstorm. "Writing letters to our editor, and we are calling our senators and congress people and asking them to please vote for the legislation. The president isn't against guns, he's against the things that happened at Newtown," said Leslie Jackson, State Lead of Organizing for Action.
The group said the tragedy at Sandy Hook is a sign America needs stricter gun regulations.
"As a parent and a grandfather, it scares me to death. It scares me the future that we're leaving for our kids and our grandkids," said Terry McKay, Boise resident.
"The gun issue has really gotten people off the couch, to pay attention to what the issues really are. It’s good to have that debate," said Sen. Marv Hagedorn.
The Idaho senator is a firm supporter of gun rights, and he said he believes gun control laws are not the solution.
"We got some legislation on the books right now that enhances education, public education on gun safety. A lot of gun advocates are pro-gun safety," he said.
On Friday, a small turnout of 20 people came out to support the gun legislation, compared to the hundreds that showed up at Idaho's last pro-gun rally, but many still had their heads held high.
"Everyone has showed up and they're all ready to make sure this gun legislation gets passed," said Jackson.
The group is encouraging anyone, who supports the gun control laws to also send letters to lawmakers.
On Saturday, those against the gun legislation will be holding a rally at the Idaho State Capitol at noon.