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Moms March In Raleigh, Urge Gun Law Reforms

Posted May 6, 2001 11:44 a.m. EDT

— Around 600 people turned out for a Million Moms March in downtown Raleigh Saturday to push for gun reform.

They gathered at the State Capitol to decry what they called "an epidemic of gun violence" in North Carolina.

Organizers read off the names of 94 children, age 17 or younger, who have been shot to death in North Carolina since 1999.

They placed 94 white roses in a basket to represent the slain.

The Million Moms have grown to seven chapters with thousands of members statewide since the movement began last year.

Members say they are not against guns but are for sensible, responsible gun ownership.

"We are very much looking forward to a time when we can send our children to school without fear of gun violence, that we can send our children to friends and relatives homes without fear that they will get their precious little hands on a handgun," says member Marcia Owens.

About a hundred people from Grass Roots North Carolina staged a counter-protest. They disagreed with the statistics that the Million Moms put out, but both protests were peaceful.