Gun control advocates and opponents gather at rally


People representing both sides of the ongoing debate about firearms gathered in downtown Raleigh to speak out.

Those who came to Moore Square wanted enforceable background checks of prospective gun owners.

They held signs showing the faces of people fatally shot and said their names aloud.

"Eight years ago- May 21 2005 my son Ray was murdered. He left four beautiful children. The youngest one turned a month old the day he died", Jocelyn Sims said.

It is part of a nationwide effort called "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Violence" bus tour.

Neil Heslin talked about his six year old son Jesse. He was one of the children shot dead by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary. "It's something I couldn't even describe. It's like losing a part of your body, losing a child. I know it's something I'll never forget", Heslin said.

Some members of this group believe tougher laws are not the answer. Gun owner Gary Steeley said, "We already have checks and balances in place. Let's just enforce the laws we have now."

Members of the opposition interrupted speakers on the other side of the street by chanting "Guns save lives".

"We're not asking you all to take away your right to bear arms. We're asking that gun checks be done for everybody", Sims said.

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