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One Million Moms organized similar events on Saturday in about a dozen cities, including San Francisco and Austin, Texas.
About 100 residents of Newtown and surrounding areas attended the rally and march down Constitution Avenue. A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and numerous speakers and marchers said that rampage had spurred them to act.
“It’s difficult to get laws changed when politicians are bought out, but we have to start somewhere,” said Amy Journo, 38, an occupational therapist whose two sons, ages 5 and 7, attended Sandy Hook.
“I want to ensure that they (children) are safer, not just my children but all across the United States,” Journo said.
A spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police declined to give an estimate of crowd size, citing department policy.
Obama’s proposals, the most significant attempt at gun-control in decades, face an uphill battle in Congress. The proposals are strongly opposed by gun advocates, such as the powerful National Rifle Association.
The lobbying group has said that current laws need better enforcement, issues of mental health should be addressed and that tighter laws could not have prevented Newtown.
About 11,100 Americans died in gun-related killings in 2011, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 19,766 suicides by firearms in 2011, the CDC said.