After a major defeat last week, advocates for gun control say they are not giving up the fight.
A rally in Midtown yesterday was organized by New Yorkers Against Violence, part of the national group Organizing for Action, days after the U.S. Senate voted down a bill that would have expanded background checks.
Sen. Charles Schumer said a vast majority of gun owners support the expanded checks.
With victims of gun violence and their family members at his side, Schumer blamed the National Rifle Association for spreading false information about the bill to spook gun owners and lawmakers.
"We have foot soldiers everywhere answering the foot soldiers of the NRA and the gun owners of America, and I am telling you, we are going to win this fight a lot sooner than you think," Schumer said.
"It definitely gives me confidence that change is in the air," said Madeline O'Neill, the aunt of Daniel Barden, a first grader killed in last year's Newtown elementary school shooting.
Steve Barton, a New Yorker who survived the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. last July, was invited to the rally to show that victims of gun violence are ready to relaunch the fight for national gun control laws.
"I was shot in the neck, you can see some of the scars here, but also the face and the chest, shoulder arms, 'cause it was a shotgun, so it spread out," Barton said. "There are eight still in me, actually."
Schumer said the momentum for gun safety laws has never been stronger, and predicted a bill will pass this year.