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Advocates take up the debate over guns again on Akron streets
The 'March Against Weapons and Fear' attracted about two dozen people on a frigid Saturday

Kabir Bhatia
The march was organized by the Rev. John Beaty and wound through downtown, starting at the Seiberling Federal Building and eventually ending at the library.
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About two dozen anti-gun activists marched through Akron on Saturday, the latest in a string of events in the city centered on firearms.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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For the last several weekends, Akron has seen either a march by anti-gun protesters, or gun-rights activists walking through parts of the city with rifles on their backs. All have ended peacefully, usually with minimal interaction between the groups.

This past weekend was no different, as the Rev. John Beaty helped organize a march from the Seiberling Federal Building, around downtown and back to the Akron-Summit County Library.

"You can see the turnout on this kind of weather, how much concern one gunman walking the streets of Akron with an open-carry has an effect."

On the way, his group passed a half-dozen gun-rights activists, who feel their marches are actually in response to the threats of terrorism, such as the recent shootings in San Bernadino.

Anthony Tilson from Barberton set up a display of muskets.

"The police are taking three to five minutes, on average, to get to the site of a shooting when it would take one individual with a concealed carry weapon three to five seconds to stop that crime from happening."

Rev. Beaty counters the open-carrying of weapons in Akron in and of itself could be seen as a form of terrorism.
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