Sandy Hook families, gun advocates hold vigil on Capitol Hill until Senate passes bill

Sandy Hook families, gun advocates hold vigil on Capitol Hill until Senate passes bill

Washington : DC : USA | Apr 15, 2013 at 6:43 AM PDT
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Prayer vigil held for gun violence

Gun advocates will take it up a notch starting Monday in an effort to push Congress to act on substantive gun reform.

According to a Huffington Post report, Sandy Hook families will join a wide range of gun control advocates to hold a round the clock vigil called NoMoreNames on The House of Representatives side of Capitol Hill and say they will not leave until Congress passes a bill.

The names of those killed in gun violence will be read every day, regardless of weather conditions, with 20 minute shifts rotating around the clock. This could take weeks or more but protesters are prepared to go the distance.

Coordinator of this bold, dedicated move is Arkadi Gerney from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, who revealed that there will be several high-profile volunteers participating. Eddie Weingart, who saw his mother shot dead by her ex-husband when he was only two years old, is expected to start of the reading of the names.

Some of the other groups involved in the vigil are Newtown Action Alliance, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a chapter of Million Moms March, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Sojourners, PICO National Network, Project to End Gun Violence, Protest Easy Guns and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

A similar protest by faith-based and progressives groups was held last Thursday. For more than a reported 32 hours and 40 minutes as the Senate entered a debate and amendment period, the names of those killed by guns were read.

The Denver Post has some poignant photos of that vigil. Volunteers also placed over 3,300 crosses, stars of David and other religious symbols on the National Mall to remember those whose lives were cut short by gun violence.

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Over 3,000 symbolic crosses placed on the National Mall to remembe those killed in gun violence
Over 3,000 crosses, Stars of David and other religious symbols were placed on the National Mall during vigil last Thursday to force a Senate bill on gun violence and to remember those killed (photo credit: The Denver Post)
VeronicaS is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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