Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gun Control March Held In Washington

Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington DC Saturday for a march supporting gun control. Residents of Newton, CT, the scene of the school massacre that took the lives of 20 children and 7 adults, also attended the demonstration.

Similar demonstrations were planned in over a dozen other places across the United States as well, according to organizers.

In addition to the 100 expected demonstrators from Newton, CT it was expected that participants from Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey would also attend.

The march led by Mayor Vincent Gray followed Constitution Ave towards the Washington monument. The crowd stretched for about two blocks. Speakers for the event called for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

According to the AP, demonstrators were holding signs bearing phrases like "Ban Assault Weapons Now," "Stop NRA" and "Gun Control Now." Other signs had the names of victims of gun violence on them.

The silent march was organized by the artistic director of Wahington's Arena Stage, Molly Smith and her partner. The event was co-sponsored by One Million Moms for Gun Control.

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