Gun Show Spurs Silent Protests

By KBJR News 1

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A gun show at the DECC which started on Saturday Feb. 2, was the catalyst that spurred two silent protests on both sides of the gun control debate.

"Keep is to have them, bare them is to carry them," said Lowell Rudd, a pro-gun activitst.

"There are a lot of ways in which we can prevent people from getting guns who shouldn't have them and therefore perhaps prevent shootings," said Joan Peterson, the Board Chair for Protect Minnesota.

Protect Minnesota is a state wide organization spreading the word about preventing gun violence and acting to ensure all gun sellers do background checks on people who are buying guns.

"If we do background checks on all sales we would go a long way to stopping people who shouldn't have guns from getting them in the first place," said Peterson.

Protect Minnesota says that gun shows are one venue where private sellers can sell guns without doing a background check.

The group says that 40 percent of gun sales nationally go without background checks, which could have guns placed in the wrong hands.

But pro–gun organizers don't think background checks will solve the problem.

"People who use fire arms for ill don't get them through any legal means so if they are already doing something criminal they will continue to do things criminal so what good does it do?" said Rudd.

There is one thing members on both sides of gun control agree on, the violence needs to stop.

"We want people to look at the society we built here...the society is so violent and this is what we are trying to prevent is violence," said Rudd.

"As we lose these community members we are losing faith in each other, we are losing faith in our community and we are losing faith in our society, and that's just something we just can't deal with anymore," said Leroy Duncan, one of the organizers of Protect Minnesota.

Groups with a common goal, but split as to which path to take to get there.

More gun control legislation is set to be introduced next week during a three day hearing on gun laws in St. Paul.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.