Moms Demand Action marches from White House to Capitol Hill in gun protest

Moms Demand Action marches from White House to Capitol Hill in gun protest

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The South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) WASHINGTON – Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday night in Washington to protest for gun legislation after a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas , that killed 20 and injured at least 26. Many of them are protesting with the organization Moms Demand Action. Gathered in Washington for a leadership conference called Gun Safety University, volunteers nationwide with Moms Demand Action mobilized on the last day. What was supposed to be a closing, celebratory gala turned urgent upon hearing the news of the shootings at El Paso. "We know that Congress isn’t here, but we wanted to turn our grief into action," Elva Mendoza, a Moms Demand Action volunteer, told USA TODAY. As chants of "El Paso" and "Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go" littered the air, protesters walked from the White House to Capitol Hill. One protester, dressed for the gala, marched in heels for the impromptu protest instead. MoreStay up on the latest:: Everything we know about the victims, the suspect A moment of silence took place earlier in the evening at the White House. It lasted 100 seconds, symbolizing the number of Americans shot and killed daily. Mendoza told USA TODAY that the impetus for the march was El Paso, but that they were marching for the lives lost from all gun violence. "For an individual family that loses someone to gun violence, the enormity of the […]

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