Thousands of Americans rally for stricter gun control laws in US
London: Thousands of Americans participated in a rally in Washington DC calling for stricter gun controls as they marched from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.
The crowd included residents of Newtown, Connecticut, where a fanatic gunman killed 20 kids and six adults in a shooting spree at a primary school shooting last month, which revived a debate over security and gun safety.
They carried banners carrying the names of gun violence victims and daubed with messages like ‘Gun Control Now’, the BBC reports.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said one student had died from guns every two weeks while he was chief executive of Chicago’s public schools.
He, however, denied that gun control was about limiting firearm rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.
Speaking alongside lawyers and Hollywood actors such as Kathleen Turner, the speakers backed President Barack Obama’s call for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as wider background checks on gun buyers.
Obama has also proposed giving school districts funds to hire uniformed police officers to guard schools, the report added.
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