Gun control advocates remember victims of violence

Gun control advocates remember victims of violence

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The group released flower petals from the Gay Street Bridge in remembrance of gun violence victims. The group released flower petals from the Gay Street Bridge in remembrance of gun violence victims.
The group watches as the petals reached the river below. The group watches as the petals reached the river below.
"One thing that Fiona has been saying to us lately is I'm glad we don't live in Connecticut. But in some ways, we all live in Connecticut," Joan Nelson said of her five-year-old granddaughter. "One thing that Fiona has been saying to us lately is I'm glad we don't live in Connecticut. But in some ways, we all live in Connecticut," Joan Nelson said of her five-year-old granddaughter.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Supporters of the president's gun control proposals gathered Friday on Knoxville's Gay Street bridge in remembrance of gun violence victims.

They're part of a group called Organizing for Action. It's a national nonprofit that promotes President Obama's second-term agenda, including gun control.

"We're going to release petals into the river for the victims. We remember them and we're standing with them and we're standing here to fight for them to have stricter gun laws," said organizer June Jones, a gun owner herself.

She urges people who support the president's push for universal background checks, along with a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, to speak up.

"There's a group of growing Tennesseans that are standing up and saying we matter and we want our voices hear," Jones said.

Joan Nelson brought five-year-old granddaughter Fiona with her.

"One thing that Fiona has been saying to us lately is I'm glad we don't live in Connecticut. But in some ways, we all live in Connecticut," Nelson said.

Organizing for Action groups all over the country are asking members to call their federal lawmakers and voice their support for stricter gun control measures.

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