Updated 01/21/2013 09:42 PM
Moms March In Manhattan For Stronger Gun Laws
On the heels of the president's call for gun control, hundreds of mothers marched in Lower Manhattan Monday to call for action from Congress. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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Among the hundreds in Brooklyn marching for stronger gun laws Monday included several residents of Newtown, Connecticut.
"I am hoping that now is the time we are all going to band together and have some sensible change," said Christine McAndrew, a Newtown resident.
Hundreds of people who have lost loved ones to gun violence marched from Downtown Brooklyn to City Hall, hoping to bridge the divide over gun control.
"I continue to advocate because I don't want my daughter's name to go down in vain," said one person who marched.
They are part of a new group called One Million Moms for Gun Control.
"There are only four million members of the NRA, but there are 80 million moms in this country," said Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control.
Watts founded One Million Moms for Gun Control just hours after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"At a federal and state level, start creating new and stronger gun control laws that will limit the amount of warfare type weapons that we have on our streets," she said.
The march came one week after the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded the state's assault weapons ban. The President released his own gun control proposal last week, which faces fierce opposition in Congress.
"Governor Cuomo's bill should be a model for Congress," Watts said.
This march didn't attract just moms.
"What brings everyone here is trying to get common sense gun control laws," said one person at the march.
The march may have spanned two boroughs, but these moms and dads want their message to go to Washington.
"I think that's the time we should go in full force and let people know we will not take that in our community," said one person at the march.
"What's the point of guns? All they do is kill people," said another.
Attendees, including Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, recognized their fight isn't easy.
"We're going to see what happens in Congress," Kelly said. "I think it's going to be a heavy lift."
It's a lift these moms want to carry.