Thousands rally in Washington for gun control

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DHAKA (12janu) : Just days before the Senate begins debating new gun control measures proposed by President Barack Obama, thousands of people, many holding signs with the names of gun violence victims and messages such as ‘Ban Assault Weapons Now’, joined a rally for gun control in the US capital.

Leading the crowd Sunday were marchers with ‘We Are Sandy Hook’ signs, paying tribute to victims of the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials marched alongside them.

The crowd stretched for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue, reports

Participants held signs reading ‘Gun Control Now’ and ‘What Would Jesus Pack?’ among other messages.

Other signs were simple and white, with the names of victims of gun violence.

About 100 residents from Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 students and six educators, travelled to Washington together, organisers said.

Anwar, head of News

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