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On the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, dozens of gun control advocates gathered at Dupont Circle in Northwest, D.C. to call for immediate action.

The group Project End Gun Violence was founded just days after the tragedy in December.

It's founder and Chair, Eddie Weingart is a victim of gun violence himself.

When he was just 2 years old, his step father, shot and killed his mother in front of him with a 12 gauge shot gun.

He then put the gun in Weingart's mouth and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired.

Weingart says his step father was a military man with a stellar record; no history of mental illness and no criminal background. He says, the crime shows that access to a fire arm can change lives forever.

"That you can go to a Walmart in this country and buy a dozen eggs and a gallon milk, and pick up a firearm, it's absurd," Weingart says.

 

Members of Project End Gun Violence and supporters say the vigil to remember the Sandy Hook victims is also a rallying cry for like minded people to demand change from lawmakers.

Hannorah, a gun control supporter who didn't want her last name used, says, "It takes things like this. It takes writing your Congressman. It takes marches. It takes everything."

Her 13 year old son, Dave says he would like to see assault weapons banned.

"I don't think a lot of people call for complete guns to be taken away, like all guns, but we really, no one needs, if you're not in the military, you don't need an assault weapon."

This week, the White House is expected to announce proposals addressing gun violence that would affect not only gun laws, but also mental health spending and current policies on violent movies and video games.

But there's opposition. The National Rifle Association is vowing to fight back on what it calls a "real threat to second amendment rights."

Andy Fois, D.C. Deputy Attorney General for Public Safety says despite the debate, it's important for gun control advocates to continue speaking with one consistent voice.

He says. "The mass murders get people activated, but we also have to not let people distract us from the fact that any murder counts and as I said, 836 murders since Newtown, that's a mass murder right there.

Project End Gun Violence is planning a "March on Washington" for gun control on Saturday, January 26.

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