Thousands March In Favor Of Tougher Gun Laws

(Washington D.C.) Thousands of people marched on Washington to call for tougher gun control.

They carried signs with the names and pictures of gun violence victims as they
walked from the capital reflecting pool to the Washington monument.

Marchers say they want a federal ban on assault-weapons, high-capacity
magazines and background checks for all gun purchases. This event was put together in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school last month.

“If it can happen in Newtown, it can happen in any town, in any city, in any state until they make these federal laws,” said Stacey McCoy Blinn.

Blinn came to honor seven-year-old Chase Kowalksi – one of the 20 first graders killed in the massacre. She joined a group from the Newtown area to demand safer communities, “…and if that means getting rid of the guns then that means getting rid of the guns,” she said.

Police departments are also trying to make streets safer. Many cities are exchanging guns for money. They say it takes the guns off the streets and lowers the chance of anybody being victimized.

The program in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been going on for a month. Officers say they’ve collected about 60 weapons.

We’ve taken in a lot of pistols. We’ve also taken in a lot of shotguns, rifles and assault weapons as well,” said Nick Ortize, a Bridgeport Police Officer.

Many people across the country say they want to get guns out of the hands of
dangerous people, not necessarily take away everyone’s second amendment
rights.

Tetiana Andeson for CBS News, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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