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Occupy Democracy — Pasadena set to demonstrate outside Glendale gun show


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Picking up where they left off in December with a rally following the grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., members of Occupy Democracy — Pasadena will be demonstrating against a gun show set for Saturday in Glendale.


Gun control has not been a major issue of concern for the group, said founding organizer Patrick Briggs. But now that the issue has become a national concern following the Newtown killing, in which 20 of the 26 people murdered were first graders, “we feel compelled to help create the space in our community to have a conversation that leads us to a safer, less violent place,” Briggs wrote in an email.


In January, the Glendale City Council approved the gun show, which for decades had been staged at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, located across the street from Glendale Community College. However, over the objections of dozens of people who showed up at the meeting to support the show and gun ownership, the council directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance banning the sale of guns on city property. The council is expected to revisit the issue again in March. Last year, there were three gun shows in Glendale, according to The Associated Press.


Briggs noted that Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard attended the local Occupy group’s Dec. 22 rally on the steps of Pasadena City Hall supporting gun control.


“This march,” Briggs said the upcoming demonstration in Glendale “is a continuation of that in our neighboring community of Glendale.”


The demonstration is from 9 to 11 a.m. at outside the Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Group members will be gathering at 8:30 a.m. on the northeast corner of North Verdugo Road and Mountain Street.


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