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People protesting the gun industry gathered for a rally outside Glock’s North American headquarters in Smyrna Thursday evening (February 7).

The purpose of the protest was to focus attention on the number of handguns on American streets as Washington debates an assault weapons ban. They pointed to recent shootings at Price Middle School and Morehouse College as examples.

Protesters had hoped to speak with a Glock executive but were told by security that wouldn’t be happening, although rally organizers said an executive eventually agreed to a meeting.

Several local pastors took part in the rally, including the Rev. Markel Hutchins and the Rev. Timothy McDonald.

“Glock and this industry makes millions and millions of dollars because they intentionally flood communities with these handguns and we are saying enough is enough,” Rev. Hutchins said.

“The blood of our children is running in our streets,” Rev. Timothy McDonald added.

A small group of gun supporters also attended the rally.



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