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Chardon victims among speakers at anti-gun violence rally in Akron
A thousand mayors across the country are backing the effort
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Nick Walczak (center) and Nate Mueller (left) survived the Chardon High School shooting attack. Walczak suffered four gunshot wounds and is confined to a wheelchair.
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The Drive to Reduce Gun Violence stopped in Akron on Wednesday. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on the mobile anti-gun rally rolling by bus across the country…and, on how two local shooting victims lent their voices to the campaign’s call for better background checks on gun buyers.

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The Drive
...is sponsored by the national, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” organization. No More Names Tour BusThe 100-day, 25-state tour urges Congress to expand the background check requirement for gun purchasing to include sales at gun shows and on the internet, where it’s not mandatory now.   

Mayors message
About 100 people listened at Grace Park near downtown Akron to a message delivered by two area Mayors, Brad Seller of Warrensville Heights and Don Plusquellic of Akron, Mayors meet said, while broadening checks won’t stop illegal gun ownership, they can reduce it.

Victims speak
Chardon school shooting survivors Nick Walczak--who was paralyzed--and Nate Mueller were among the speakers.  

“On February 27th of 2012 at 7:30 in the morning, my life was changed and so was Nate’s, and so was the Chardon community’s, because of a senseless gun violence act,” Walczak said.   

Mueller added: “We need background checks, it needs to be solid, we can’t let anybody slip through the cracks. Things need to change. It’s not OK for things to be like they are right now.”

“Like everyone has been saying…it at least stops a little bit throughout the country. That’s all we ask,” said Walczak 
counterpoint
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In a smaller gathering down the street, which several in the group said was not a protest but a counterpoint, gun rights advocates said they agreed with the idea of keeping guns away from criminals, but didn’t want new rules that would include a national government data-base of gun owners.    

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