Newtown Residents To Join Gun Control March In Washington - MSNBC
Newtown residents to join gun control march in Washington By Becky Bratu, NBC News
People walk from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, during a march on Washington for gun control. Susan Walsh / AP
Residents of Newtown, Conn., the scene of a school massacre in which 20 children and six adults were killed last month, were expected to join thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington on Saturday for a march supporting gun control.
Similar organized demonstrations were planned in support of gun control in about a dozen other places across the United States, according to organizers.
In addition to the 100 people expected from Newtown, organizers told The Associated Press participants from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia would join the demonstration.
Led by Mayor Vincent Gray, a crowd that stretched for about two blocks marched down Constitution Avenue toward the Washington Monument, where speakers called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan addressed the crowd, saying he and President Barack Obama would work to enact gun control policies, the AP reported. "We must act, we must act, we must act," Duncan said.
According to the AP, demonstrators held signs that read "Ban Assault Weapons Now," "Stop NRA" and "Gun Control Now." Other signs carried the names of victims of gun violence.