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Hundreds Rally at Capitol for Stricter Gun Laws

 Hundreds of people rallied at the capitol to support stricter gun laws.

The day began with a song.

"Keep on walking forward," sang the crowd.

Linda Brundage, head of Lansing's chapter for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says of the outcry of support for stricter gun laws, it's about time.

"I knew these people were here that supported the cause--what we need to do is bring them together and encourage the voice," said Brundage.

She has a pointed message for lawmakers in washington.

"Listen, listen to the ninety percent of people who want common gun sense," said Brundange.

Many came out in support of what, for them, is a political belief. For others, the issue is much more personal.

When asked why he attended the rally, Rick Omilian said, "Maggie, my daughter."

At age nineteen Omilian's daughter was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend before he killed himself.

Omilian says the man was mentally unstable, and it was much to easy for him to buy a gun.

"He bought it with his college ID, and there were no questions that had to be asked," said Omilian.

He says because people focus on mass shootings it's easy to forget the some thirty-thousand individual shooting victims like Maggie.

"I remember it every day, my wife remembers it every day. We have to remember what happened. Those little children that died in [Newtown, CT] were just as innocent as my daughter was." Said Omilian.

Whether it be children in newtown or rick's daughter Maggie, Brundage says today's rally is about remembering lives affected by gun violence, and challenging law makers to do what they can to prevent it.

"Don't listen to the citizens with deep pockets, listen to the citizens of our country," said Brundage.

All five Michigan chapters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America came together to organize the rally in Lansing.


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