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Gun control advocates to launch rally at Walmart near site of Parkland shooting

Organizers say they want Walmart to stop selling guns.

Several gun control advocacy organizations plan to meet Saturday morning for a rally outside a Coral Springs Walmart, to call on the company to stop selling weapons.

The rally comes just a week after a pair of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso shooting took place at a Walmart. That attack left 22 people dead.

The Coral Springs site is nearby the city of Parkland, which itself saw a deadly mass shooting in 2018 that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The site of Saturday’s rally is less than a mile from Stoneman Douglas.

Activists plan to arrive at the Walmart, located at 6001 Coral Ridge Drive, at 11 a.m. The rally will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Several of the groups that will be on hand include Guns Down America, March For Our Lives, the American Federation of Teachers, and Orange Ribbons for Safety.

The groups say they aim to push Walmart to stop selling guns and providing political donations to lawmakers who have earned the support of the NRA.

Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, recently promised a “thoughtful and deliberate” response to that shooting. Thus far, he has not provided specifics.

Joining the advocacy organizations at Saturday’s rally will be state Sens. Gary Farmer and Annette Taddeo.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to



  1. gary

    August 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Not happening! If Trump allows anything he will lose in 2020 like Bush 1 did with… “read my lips, no new taxes” then signed new taxes into law… Trump is not that stupid!


      August 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      90 percent of the people want background checks and ban AR’s. Unless your actively in the Military or law enforcement.
      You will change your mind when it hits home for you. #parklandstrong #msdstrong

      • Alex

        August 10, 2019 at 3:33 pm

        I guess I’m in that 10%. I’m all for background checks…no-go on banning the AR15. I live in Parkland and no, my mind WILL NOT be changed.

      • gary

        August 11, 2019 at 2:13 am

        I will never change my mind, and neither will 65% of the gun toting voters! The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun! Perhaps it’s time for anti 2nd folks to consider a relocation to another country!

        America! Love it or leave it!

  2. Robert Michaels

    August 11, 2019 at 6:14 am

    How did the demonstration go? I cannot find but one small, published, local article that covered it. In the photos of the event, it appears that the protesters showed up in throngs of tens.

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