Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mothers March for Gun Control Laws

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mothers March for Gun Control Laws

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JERSEY CITY -- Kris Harrington knows firsthand the impact of gun violence.

When her younger bother, Danny, was just 19 years old, he was gunned down by an acquaintance, shot seven times as he tried to run for his life, she said.

"He had a right to life," said Harrington, crying as she told her story. "And somebody decided to take that from him."

Danny died nearly 40 years ago but for his sister, the pain of losing him remains fresh. So on Saturday, Harrington and her 17- year-old daughter trekked from Kingston, N.Y., to Jersey City to join about 100 people who braved the freezing temperatures to advocate for tougher national and state gun-control laws at an outdoor rally in Lincoln Park.

The rally was jointly organized by Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and the North Jersey chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control, an advocacy group that was formed in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.

Similar events were held around the nation Saturday to coincide with a silent march in Washington, D.C., held by the One Million Moms group to show support for President Obama's proposals to tighten gun control and to call on congressional and state leaders to protect Americans from gun violence.

Earlier this month, in response to the public outcry from Americans shocked by the Newtown shooting, the president unveiled a series of proposals intended to curb gun violence. Among them were proposals for a new, stronger ban on assault weapons; a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines; background checks for all gun purchases; more school resource officers, psychologists, social workers and counselors in the nation's schools; and increased access to mental-health services.

Many of Obama's proposals are in line with the One Million Moms' own platform, a four-pronged set of objectives that calls for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds; background checks for all gun purchasers; the reporting of large-quantity ammunition sales to the U. …

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