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    Thousands March for Gun Control in Washington, D.C.: ‘Ban Assault Weapons Now’

    Thousands March for Gun Control in Washington, D.C.: ‘Ban Assault Weapons Now’
    Jan. 26, 2013 6:30pm Erica Ritz


    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    Vincent Gray (C), Mayor of the District of Columbia, leads a march for stricter gun control laws on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

    (TheBlaze/AP) — Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages like “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 stretching for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue.

    Some participants held signs reading “Gun Control Now,” “Stop NRA” and “What Would Jesus Pack?”
    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    Advocates of stricter gun control laws march near the U.S. Capitol on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

    According to organizers, about 100 residents from Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six teachers, traveled to Washington to join the rally.

    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.”

    Once the crowd arrived at the monument speakers called for a ban on what they described as “military-style assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition, in addition to universal background checks on gun sales.

    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    (L-R) Cori Lynn Campbell, her husband Erik Singer, both of Maplewood, New Jersey, and Martha Nichols, of Vienna Virginia, participate in a rally on the National Mall for stricter gun control laws on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the crowd it’s not about taking away Second Amendment gun rights, but about gun safety and saving lives. He said he and President Barack Obama will do everything they can to enact gun control policies.

    “This is about trying to create a climate in which our children can grow up free of fear,” Duncan said. “This march is a starting point; it is not an ending point … We must act, we must act, we must act.”

    Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s non-voting representative in Congress, said the gun lobby can be stopped and the crowd chanted back, “Yes, we can!”
    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    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. (Photo: AP)

    “We are all culpable if we do nothing now,” Norton said

    James Agenbroad, 78, of Garrett Park, Md., carried a handwritten sign on cardboard that read “Repeal the 2nd Amendment.” He called it the only way to stop mass killings because he thinks the Supreme Court will strike down any other restrictions on guns.

    “You can repeal it,” he said. “We repealed prohibition.”

    Molly Smith, the artistic director of Washington’s Arena Stage, and her partner organized the march. Organizers said that in addition to the 100 people from Newtown, buses of participants traveled from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. Others flew in from Seattle, San Francisco and Alaska, they said.
    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    Advocates of stricter gun control laws march through downtown on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

    While she’s never organized a political march before, Smith said she was compelled to press for a change in the law.

    “With the drum roll, the consistency of the mass murders and the shock of it, it is always something that is moving and devastating to me. And then, it’s as if I move on,” Smith said. “And in this moment, I can’t move on. I can’t move on.”

    After the Connecticut shootings, Smith began organizing on Facebook. The group One Million Moms for Gun Control, the Washington National Cathedral and two other churches eventually signed on to co-sponsor the march. Organizers have raised more than $50,000 online to pay for equipment and fees to stage the rally, Smith said.
    Gun Control March in Washington, D.C. Draws Thousands: Ban Assault Weapons Now

    People walk from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, for a march on Washington for gun control. (Photo: AP)

    Lawmakers from the District of Columbia and Maryland rallied the crowd, along with Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund and Colin Goddard, a survivor from the Virginia Tech massacre.

    “We are Americans,” he said, drawing big cheers. “We have overcome difficulties when we realize we are better than this.”

    KTLA5 has video from the scene:

    Thousands March for Gun Control in Washington, D.C.: ‘Ban Assault Weapons Now’ | Video | TheBlaze.com
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    Karma has a way of coming back to bite those that are dumbed down

    This is a re-creation of pre-WWII Germany

    followed by a dis-arming of the population followed by the night of the long knives and the German Holocaust of the Jewish people

    these people right here will likely be the first set of volunteers to jump in the FEMA camps welcoming their destiny... until they actually find out what it truly is

    there is a heavy price to being politically dumb ..... these people may soon find out what it is courtesy of future events

    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
    A Nation of of 3rd World Broke A@@es "AmeriKa" cannot afford an Invasion of Broke A@@es from the 3rd World

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirborneSapper7 View Post


    there is a heavy price to being politically dumb ..... these people may soon find out what it is courtesy of future events

    It is not our 'Duty' to vote uninformed. If any citizen does NOT have the time to stay informed they should not vote.
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    "Want to save children?"

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    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
    A Nation of of 3rd World Broke A@@es "AmeriKa" cannot afford an Invasion of Broke A@@es from the 3rd World

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    quote(“What Would Jesus Pack?”)quote

    I would guess he would be for self defense and against aborting 1.2 million kids last year, liberals listen up,
    want to save lives stop abortion.
    I'm old with many opinions few solutions.

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    Governments which disarm their people want more power!

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    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
    A Nation of of 3rd World Broke A@@es "AmeriKa" cannot afford an Invasion of Broke A@@es from the 3rd World

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    What these people in the photos dont understand ... The American people are cutting them loose

    they are now on their own

    good luck in defending the defenceless

    we cannot save those that have been dumbed down by socialist schooling

    there are too many of you and you are too far gone
    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
    A Nation of of 3rd World Broke A@@es "AmeriKa" cannot afford an Invasion of Broke A@@es from the 3rd World

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