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Thousands march for gun control in Washington

TAKING AIM:Rally organizers and participants said the Newtown shooting compelled them to act to pressure lawmakers as the US Senate readies to debate gun control laws

AP, Washington

While she has never organized a political march before, Smith said she was compelled to press for a change in gun laws.

“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.

“I think it’s because it was children, babies,” she said.

After the Connecticut shootings, Smith began organizing on Facebook and the group One Million Moms for Gun Control, the Washington National Cathedral and two other churches signed on to co-sponsor the march. Organizers have raised more than US$50,000 for the rally, Smith said.

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