Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington

NPR | Jan. 28, 2013 3:47 a.m.

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Allison Keyes

Marching alongside other supporters of gun control through the National Mall on Saturday were some residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children died in December’s school shooting.

About 100 residents were expected from Newtown, The Washington Post says. The march was organized in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary — where six teachers were also killed. Joan Huskins has four kids who graduated from that school. She took a bus to Washington, D.C., to support her neighbors.

“I’m here to share my strength for those who couldn’t make it today,” Huskins said.

As they walked from the reflecting pool on Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument, many marchers carried signs with the names of victims of gun violence. Pat Potter of Virginia carried a sign reading, “Born to teach, not to shoot.” She’s horrified at those who want to see teachers armed.

“The last thing we need is more guns in school,” she said. “Our job as teachers and parents and as a society is to protect children and keep them safe.”

The marchers want a ban on military style assault rifles and universal criminal and mental health background checks on would-be gun buyers.

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