RICHMOND (WRIC)—Just one day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012, one woman founded a group that pushes for more gun control.
The organization is called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. On Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, supporters gathered at the Carillon at Byrd Park in Richmond to remember the 20 children and six adults who were murdered inside the school.
"We have a public health crisis on our hands," said Gena Reeder, the president of the Richmond chapter of Moms Demand Action.
Reeder says the group is pushing for tougher background checks, so that not just anyone can have access to a gun.
"That is the prime example of common sense legislation," Reeder said. "That's an area that can address the public safety issue, while still preserving everyone's second amendment rights."
ABC 8 News also spoke with a gun rights advocate, who says more gun control is the last thing our country needs right now.
"Criminals have committed murders, rapes and robberies everywhere," said Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "You never know where they'll attack; they have no boundaries—none. And when you restrict a person's right to self-defense and you put boundaries for them, you're just giving the advantage to the criminals."
Both sides agree that what happened in Newtown was a tragedy, but will continue to fight different fights.
In just one year, Reeder says more than 125,000 people have joined Moms Demand Action.
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