Advocates marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday in an effort to end gun violence. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
This group is hoping that the chant, "Not one more!" resonates throughout New York and the country, making people realize that "enough is enough!"
And that the gun violence that's killed children and teenagers in our city and across the country such as Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis of Florida and students at Sandy Hook Elementary—has to be prevented.
"I taught church school to Ben Wheller and Charlotte Bacon. When I heard about their deaths, it struck me to the soul. After that happened, I just decided I can't sit on the sidelines and let this gun issue just overrun the country. I need to fight back," said gun reform advocate Andrew Morosky.
That's what hundreds did Saturday afternoon. They gathered together, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall for the second annual Rally to End Gun Violence held by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
"We have to remain diligent in persuading our legislators to execute the will of the people that put them in office and if they do not, we will replace them," said Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis.
Meanwhile, gun reform advocates acknowledged that the entire country may not share their views, as made clear by two men who held a small counter protest during the rally.
"The gun lobby may have a big head start," McBath said.
They say won't be silent anymore.
"We're loud and we're going to use our voices to affect change," said Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action.
They are only calling for what they say is common sense reform to gun laws.
"The majority of us do not want to take people's guns away. We just want a safer country to live in and it starts with having a background check on every gun purchase and that's really what we would like to see happen. We'd like to see Congress act on what they failed to perform last year," Morosky said.
Many say that's the first step to making sure more lives aren''t cut short by a bullet.