Thousands March for Gun Control in Washington
Newtown residents join rally: organizers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 26, 2013 4:44 PM CST
People walk from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, during a march on Washington for gun control.    (Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Thousands of people, many holding signs with the names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," joined a rally for gun control on today, 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 school shooting in Newtown. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials marched alongside them. The crowd stretched for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue; people came from as far as Alaska, organizers said.

About 100 residents from Newtown traveled to Washington together, organizers said. "I wanted to make sure this never happens at my kids' school or any other school," said a woman from a nearby town. At the monument, speakers called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and for universal background checks on gun sales. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the crowd it's not about taking away gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, but about gun safety and saving lives. He said he and President Obama would do everything they could to enact gun control policies.

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Thetruther11
Jan 30, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Politics aside, what a lie! I was there are there was only about 300 people. What a joke.
Smitty6398
Jan 30, 2013 12:24 AM CST
The problem is not the gun; it is the HAND on the gun !!
CitizenX
Jan 28, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Did anyone else notice that this demonstration that was "thousands of people" stretched for only TWO blocks???? Who did the counting? I could get more facebook friends to show up for a cookout! What a farce! Can we stay focused on the fact that our federal elite are not doing anything to move America forward please?