Some 120,000 people have signed on to a national campaign to get assault weapons off Wal-Mart’s shelves on the heels of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 students and teachers dead.
The campaign was launched by consumer watchdog SumOfUs.org on its web site and by the progressive Courage Campaign on Signon.org. D.C.-based Baptist pastor Edwin Jones is also leading a coalition of community groups to pressure the multinational corporation.
According to Sum Of Us Executive Director Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, the campaign has received more interest than many others the watchdog has launched.
“You get inured to tragedies, but this one struck really close to home,” she told Whispers. “The only reason to buy a semi-automatic assault weapon is to kill lots of people or cops. It has no place in our communities.”
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