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Friends of Chase Kowalski, one of the children killed in the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., take part in the March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday. Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty Images.
A woman holds a sign protesting assault weapons Saturday at the March on Washington for Gun Control. Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty Images.
A woman holds a banner that reportedly shows how many people have died in shootings in America in the 31 days since the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty Images.
People hold signs calling for gun control as they walk from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. Susan Walsh, A.
A boy holds an anti-gun sign during the March on Washington for Gun Control. Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty Images.
From Yahoo News:
By BRETT ZONGKER | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.
Leading the crowd were marchers with “We Are Sandy Hook” signs, paying tribute to victims of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials marched alongside them. The crowd stretched for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue.
Participants held signs reading “Gun Control Now,” ”Stop NRA” and “What Would Jesus Pack?” among other messages. Other signs were simple and white, with the names of victims of gun violence.
About 100 residents from Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six teachers, traveled to Washington together, organizers said.
Participant Kara Baekey from nearby Norwalk, Conn., said that when she heard about the Newtown shooting, she immediately thought of her two young children. She said she decided she must take action, and that’s why she traveled to Washington for the march.
“I wanted to make sure this never happens at my kids’ school or any other school,” Baekey said. “It just can’t happen again.”
Read the rest of the story at Yahoo News.
From The Independent:
Residents from Newtown, Connecticut, were expected at the march in the wake of Sandy Hook massacre
Thousands marched through Washington, D.C. today in a rally for stricter gun controls in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
Walking from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument, demonstrators waved placards with pictures of shooting victims and slogans like, “Protect children, not guns.”
Police blocked off half of the road for the crowd, which was led by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray.
About 100 residents were expected from Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month. The rally was organized in response to that shooting.
Speakers at the Washington Monument called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The entire piece can be read at The Independent.
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