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Published July 29, 2013, 05:43 PM

"No More Names" campaign bus made its North Dakota stop today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo's Island Park today staged a debate centering on one of the country's most divisive issues. The "No More Names" campaign bus made its North Dakota stop today, in an effort to rally support for the recent background check bill in Congress that Senator Heidi Heitkamp opposed. Those supporting gun rights also showed up at the rally, which featured survivors and relative of recent high profile shootings

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo's Island Park today staged a debate centering on one of the country's most divisive issues. The "No More Names" campaign bus made its North Dakota stop Monday, in an effort to rally support for the recent background check bill in Congress that Senator Heidi Heitkamp opposed. Those supporting gun rights also showed up at the rally, which featured survivors and relative of recent high profile shootings.

Retired US Army Colonel Bill Badger - Republican, NRA supporter - is the last person you would expect to be on a bus at a rally supporting expanded background checks for all guns sales.

Colonel Bill Badger (Retired) – Supports Gun Law Changes: "The shooter was five feet from me when he pointed the gun at my head, and I dropped to the ground. When I dropped to the ground, I felt the bullet hit the back of my head."

But it wasn't until Badger tackled the gunman who shot him and Congressman Gabby Giffords that Badger changed his tune.

Bill Badger: "Being from South Dakota, I had guns. I’d like to talk to the group over there that said, ‘New York Laws for North Dakota, get back on the bus,’ and the signs over there, because 10 years ago I would have been with the group with the signs, standing over there right now.”

But the small group of protesters that came to the rally say expanding background checks in North Dakota doesn't make sense.

Todd Fuchs - Opposes New Gun Law Changes: "A lot of people die every year from gun violence, but where is that happening? In the inner cities and those gang bangers don’t give a rat’s ass about gun registration."

Those opposed to change brought signs with them, and placed them near the rally speakers.

David - Opposes Change to Gun Law: "Second Amendment, stand on the constitution."

No one knows better the loss of a senseless act of violence than Carlee Soto, who lost her sister Victoria, a teacher at Sandy Hook; a teacher that sacrificed herself to protect the lives of her students.

Carlee Soto – Lost Sister in Sandy Hook Shooting: “Background checks won’t stop every shooting, but they will certainly help save lives. Why wait for any more Americans to die?”

Senator John Hoeven says he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and says the real issue is keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals.

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