Hundreds rally in Hartford against gun violence

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Hundreds of people took to the streets of Hartford on Saturday morning, to raise awareness about the growing problem of gun violence in the State's Capitol.

Remembering the lives lost to gun violence, that was the motivation behind the fifth annual gun rally and march in Hartford.

Senator Richard Blumenthal was there and says since the shootings at Sandy Hook back in December, all eyes are on Connecticut to be a leader for gun law reform.

"We must break the stranglehold that the NRA and other special interests have had over this process. We must have action today in the United States of America, and we must begin in Connecticut," said Blumenthal.

The message at the fifth annual Gun Violence March and Rally in Hartford on Saturday was clear. Those in attendance say this year, more than any other, it is clear America needs change.

"We're here to remember, and we're here to recognize, that we've been losing children all across the country. We lose children across the world, but we're losing too many of our children to gun violence," said the MC of the program.

Hundreds of people marched through Hartford, hoping to raise awareness about gun violence problems in the city, state, and country.

Rally organizers say in Hartford alone, 358 people have died in gun related incidents since 2000. Mothers United Against Violence has held this rally each year to honor those lost.

"My son Randy, who was murdered in 2002, I think that he would be proud of his momma right now," said Henrietta Beckman.

Marchers carried 358 white crosses, each with the name and date of death of a victim. With new gun legislation slated to be voted on as soon as next week, marchers say they hope their voices will ring in the ears of politicians.

"We need to stop this now. This needs to stop. The violence needs to stop," said the MC.

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