ITHACA, NY – Citing disappointment with Tom Reed’s stance on gun control in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, some concerned Tompkins residents are planning a rally in front of Reed’s Ithaca office.

The rally is also in solidarity with Democrats in the House of Representatives, who staged a 26-hour sit-in on the floor of the house, protesting House Speaker Paul Ryan’s refusal to hold a vote on gun control legislation.

In a press release, the organizers of the rally said that they support common sense gun reform.

“Reed has been strongly opposed to any aspect of gun control; even following the 2012 murder of first responders in West Webster with a semi-automatic weapon, he did not alter his stance,” they said in the release.

In a conference call earlier this month, Reed said that the recent mass shooting that claimed 49 lives in Orlando was about terrorism, and not about guns. Other mass shootings, he said, were issues of mental health.

The organizers also noted that Reed has received more money from the NRA than any other Congressman in New York. Reed has received $10,950 in donations from the NRA, according to the Washington Post. Congressman in other states have received over $50,000.

The rally is planned for 3 p.m. at Reed’s office at 401 East State Street in Ithaca. According to the release, simultaneous protests will be taking place at other locations in the 23rd Congressional District.

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Michael Smith

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