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Gun Debate Promotes Tennessee Rallies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Once again the debate over gun rights has taken center stage. Saturday, gun advocates nationwide gathered on the steps of their state capitol buildings to demand their rights.

Hundreds rallied at the Tennessee State capitol for the "Guns Across America" event. Participants say it's an immediate response to President Obama's announcement this week.  They say the proposal criminalizes millions of law-abiding Americans. During his weekly address, President Obama called for a ban on all military-style assault weapons, proposal gun advocates say won't work.

"Many assault rifles, when combined with high-capacity magazines, have one purpose and one purpose only: to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. These weapons have no place in our communities," said President Obama in his weekly address. "And a majority of the American people agree with me."

"We agree with the Department of Justice's report that was issued after the assault weapons ban you mentioned expired," said John Harris, Executive Director of Tennessee Firearms Association. "And that DOJ report concluded that after 10 years of having it on the books, that it had no significant effect. And so our position is first that those are the kinds of weapons that are protected by the constitution anyhow."

Saturday in Nashville, there was also a rally against gun violence. Family members of victims killed in gun violence took to the streets for a march in South Nashville. They say they know first-hand how destructive guns can be.


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