Activist promotes rally, cultural shift

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

Leslie Cantu/Journal Scene -- Louis Smith tells council of the rally against violence to be held Sunday. --

The Robynwyn Palmetto Civic Association is sponsoring a rally Sunday to let everyone know “we as a community will not tolerate violence anymore,” activist Louis Smith told Town Council on Wednesday.
A number of clubs, including the Dark Riders Motorcycle Club, are participating.
Smith told council the groups are pushing for a “major cultural shift,” so that “we as a community are going to cooperate with the police.”
Aaron Robinson, president of the club, said the riders participate in fundraisers and try to help the community.
They’ll be working with the civic association on a mentoring program, Robinson said.
Though Smith’s petition to ban certain gun sales in Summerville isn’t officially part of the rally, the rally serves as a good jumping-off point, Smith said.
Smith’s petition calls for banning the sale of certain semiautomatic rifles and pistols within town limits.
If a proposed ordinance receives signatures from 15 percent of the town’s voters, the organizer can present it to council.
If council fails to approve the ordinance, it then goes before the voters.

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