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East Texans rally for gun legislation


On Saturday, organizations held a gun violence rally to show support for gun legislation.

The rally started at noon in Tyler in front of Senator John Cornyn's East Texas office.

The organizations who hosted the event said they support the 2nd Amendment and President Obama's agenda.

 "The other side is too loud and it's time that we stand up. We have to say something. We sit back and we don't say anything and we don't do anything. It is time for us to come forward as well because our opinion is valuable," said Linda Mrosko, the DFW Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America.

She said the Moms Demand Action group formed following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It's about action, taking political action, talking to our representatives and encouraging them to vote for common sense solutions to our gun control problems," she explained.

Moms Demand Action supports banning assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, expanding background checks, and banning online sales of ammunition.

"I think that moms matter in this election, women matter and particularly moms. We see this as a public health crisis. I know too many people who guns have affected their lives and I know there's a lot more me out there," she said.

The group Organizing for Action and other supporters joined Mrosko in a march around Tyler's downtown square and a rally in front of Senator Cornyn's office where they did not end up by accident.
"This is the place today because Senator Cornyn has voted against ending debate and has not shown support for gun legislation, and we want the Senator to know that there are constituents in the state that do support gun legislation," said Vik Verma, Regional Lead of Organizing for Action in East Texas.

Both Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checKs for gun purchases. The measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.

"I just want them to know I am ashamed of their vote. That I think they need to rethink. This has got to stop," Mrosko said.

The East Texans who participated in Saturday's event said they hope breaking their silence will get the attention of the senators and encourage other East Texans to come forward and put pressure on the senators to support pending gun legislation.

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