DANBURY, Conn. In the wake of last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, gun protesters on Tuesday took their message to a Walmart not far from the site of the gunman's rampage, CBS New York station WCBS-AM reports.
Though staffers at the Danbury Walmart less than 10 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown said guns are not sold there, protesters took aim at the major national gun seller.
According to organizers, nearly 300,000 signatures were on a petition presented in a large box to store manager John Ruggieri demanding the retail giant honor a 2004 pledge and stop the sale of assault weapons and munitions in their stores nationwide, CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV reports.
"You have to join us in this effort. You have to be a willing partner and participant to help stop the gun violence," said Laurie Haas, whose daughter Emily survived the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.
"I will get this to the people that will be willing to understand your issues and go forward from there," Ruggieri said.
About 50 protesters were on hand to say it's all about access to weapons that Haas called "military style people killers." They seemed grateful to Ruggieri for being willing to take their petition to his bosses.
"Our communities deserve to be safe from gun violence, and we want Walmart to partner with us," Haas said.
"I'm with everybody in the community. I promise," Ruggieri said.