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People unite to mourn Las Vegas victims, rally over gun laws in Annapolis

Posted at 11:14 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 23:39:34-04
Another vigil to mourn so many lost, this time in front of the State Capitol in Annapolis.  Dozens honored those lost and hurt in this week's deadly massacre in Las Vegas.  
 
Wednesday's vigil was not just about mourning but an effort to get lawmakers' attention to help curb gun violence. 
 
"We would like our representatives to look into gun laws and all these loopholes and just figure out a way to get these guns off the streets" said Yasemin Jamison of Anne Arundel County Indivisible.
 
And that was the sentiment on everyone's mind on Lawyer's Mall.  Sadness over the senseless deaths of almost 60 people overtook them. 
 
Ebony Johnson told ABC2, "It could've been one of my family that I could be burying and so I definitely stand in solidarity with those that did lose their lives.  You never know, people think it won't happen to you, but you just never know."
 
And that's why activists are urging lawmakers to tailor gun laws to protect'  some frustrated over what they call inaction.
 
"Twenty dead first graders didn't motivate anyone to make a change, what's it going to take?  I'm tired of doing interviews and making speeches on this and trying to comfort my people," said Rabbi Steve Weisman.
 
Many say it comes down stricter gun laws; sounds like common sense but some say it's lost on those making the ultimate decision.
 
"We need Congress to pass the same type of laws that Maryland has already done, banning rapid fire assault weapons and eliminating high capacity magazines.  These are weapons of war, the don't belong in the hands of any citizen," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.