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Around-the-clock reading of names of those slain by guns

April 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Volunteers, who are reading the names of the 30,000 Americans killed each year by guns, say the vigil at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., will take 109 hours.

The group NoMoreNames said the around-the-clock vigil of reading the names of victims of gun violence has been going on for the last three days and they plan to continue until there is a vote in Congress.

NoMoreNames said the groups participating in the vigil include: the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, chapters of Million Mom March, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Newtown Action Alliance, PICO National Network, Project to End Gun Violence, Protest Easy Guns and Sojourners.

Colin Goddard, who was shot four times six years ago at the Virginia Tech campus shooting said he lobbied for several years to "insure we do a better job of keeping guns away from dangerous people," MSNBC reported.

"Let every member of Congress hear the names of those killed six years ago. Let every member of Congress hear the names of all the Americans killed -- 3,300 -- since Newtown," Goddard said. "To see such violence continually occurring in this country and no action at the federal level is deeply irresponsible and unacceptable."

Survivors from the shootings in Tucson, Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., have participated in the vigil the event alongside family members and survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre.

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