Read my earlier blog (click here) about the Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally held downtown today with speeches from shooting survivors & families of homicide survivors, politicians, community leaders including law enforcement officers and ministers. Here’s some photos taken at today’s event by amateur photographer Curtis Dutiel.
Hundreds of Tucsonans dropped by the rally at Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main library) to listen to the speakers say why this federal legislation for background checks for gun purchases (especially at gun shows) needs to be passed.
Many people support this legislation due to the ease (without a background check) in which suspect Jared Loughner got his glock gun in November, 2010 prior to the mass shooting here in Tucson on January 8, 2011. His mental competency/fitness to stand trial for murder (of six victims) and attempted murder is now being assessed. One of his victims, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of CD 8 is still recovering at a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, Texas.
To sign the national petition to fix gun checks go to www.fixgunchecks.org.