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Gun advocates, opponents push their sides in Chicago & the suburbs

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In Chicago and across the country today, gun control advocates took to the streets. Thousands marched in Washington D.C. in support of President Obama's call to ban military style assault weapons. Many of the protesters carried signs with the names of gunshot victims, including the 26 children and teachers murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. The message was echoed at a protest in Chicago, while at the same time, a gun show was held in the suburbs.

Tear stained faces and white candles filled pews as dozens marched from the Chicago Temple to Daley Plaza, joining a nationwide movement calling for more gun control.

Ann Almodobar's 22 year old nephew Manny Roman was fatally shot four years ago.

"I want to support, to try to get the guns off the street because of all this violence," said Almodobar.

"It's beginning to be a routine every day and it's something that I have to take a stand for, for my grandson," said Ester Stroud.

The Chicago chapter of the One Million Moms for Gun Control organized the Saturday memorial service and rally - just one of several across the country. The group's creation was prompted by the Newtown tragedy. Nationwide there are more than 46,000 members and nearly 2,000 in Chicago.

"We're really here to stand for four things. The first one is to ban assault weapons and high magazine clips. We believe that we should be able to track ammunition when it's purchased in large quantities. We also believe in making sure all background checks occur," said Stephanie Gordan, an organizer for the Chicago Chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control.

Just miles away in Rosemont at the Chicagoland Gun Show, gun advocates were promoting a very different message.

"We have a lot of laws on the books right now that aren't being enforced. More laws don't make people abide by them anymore," said Jesus Arroyo.

Inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, old and young alike came out to learn more about gun safety and gun rights. An organizer tells Fox 32 News this was not a traditional gun show but an educational symposium and no firearms were for sale. Attendees could sign up to join the National Rifle Association.

"I think they're targeting the wrong thing. What we're really dealing with is peoples' safety and not different types of fire arms, it's really an emotional debate, unfortunately," said Robin Zielin, an instructor with the NRA.

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