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January 18, 2013

Thousands expects for gun control march next weekend

Thousands of people are expected to participate in a silent march on the National Mall next Saturday to express support for President Obama's gun control plan.

Marchers will gather at the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool and walk in silence along Constitution Avenue to the Washington Monument carrying hundreds of white signs, each bearing the name of a gun-violence victim.

The March on Washington for Gun Control will include parents, pastors, actors, crime victims, law enforcement officers and elected officials. They will be joined by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso, Kenyan McDuffie and Tommy Wells. Speakers will include Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Virginia Tech massacre survivor Colin Goddard,Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Contro and Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner,

“There is a groundswell of emotion around the massacre at Sandy Hook,” said Smith. “This march is an opportunity for people to express their grief, demand change and support the president’s plan. We are at the tipping point."

Participants are calling for Congress and state legislatures to do the following: Reinstate and strengthen the federal ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles, ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, require universal criminal and mental-health background checks for all firearm buyers, prohibit sales of bullets that shatter inside the body and require gun-safety training for all buyers of firearms.


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Geno Murphy

You ever heard of Kennesaw, GA?

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