The “National Day of Action” is set for 5:30 p.m. and anticipated to draw pro-gun control advocates including State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, other elected officials and representatives of community organizations.
In a statement, one of the groups coordinating the rally, Organizing for Action, said that the gathering is proof that the majority off Americans are in favor of “common-sense reforms” regarding gun control, particularly in the aftermath of the events in Newtown, Conn.
“It’s been more than two months since Newtown,” the statement read. “This is not the first time our country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Right now, an overwhelming majority of Americans, including Americans who proudly support the right to bear arms, have come together around commonsense reforms. The citizens of the Commonwealth are with him.”
The statement continued: “It is time for Congress to act. President Obama believes Congress should require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Join us as we come together to support President Obama’s effort to reduce gun violence in our communities.”
Organizing for Action is a non-profit group created to “support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012.” They call for the “speedy passage and effective implementation” of the president’s plan, including gun control, as well as addressing the issues of global warming and immigration reform.