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Protesters March For New Gun Control Laws
Hundreds of protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge asking for new gun control laws.
And there were demonstrations outside a gun shop in a Washington, DC suburb.
"To allow these kinds of guns that have no other purpose than to murder, slaughter innocent people and children is just insane,” said James H. Burch, Principal Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit.
Fear of new gun control laws has made the weapons one of the hottest selling items this Christmas.
Gun show customer Marty Pieper says, "I'm definitely trying to stock up and buy items I potentially won't be able to get in the future/ Two weeks ago you could have bought one gun for $1,400 and now it's $2,500 or $2,700."
The debate over gun control is just as heated on Capitol Hill. The NRA, one of the most effective lobbying organizations in Washington, says it will fight any new restrictions.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre says, "What every mom and dad - what will make them feel better - when they drop their kid off in school in January is if we have a police officer in that school."
The reaction to that plan was mixed among the parents we spoke with.
"I think any effort to protect our children is worth it,” says parent Renee Brown.
Parent Bola Aina says, "No, we don't want people with guns in our schools, whether deranged gunmen or armed policemen."
Senator Dianne Feinstein plans to present a bill banning assault weapons this January when the new congress convenes.
The head of the NRA points out there was a ban in place from 1994 until 2004.
"It hasn't worked. Dianne Feinstein had her ban and Columbine occurred,” says LaPierre.
But others point out there was also an armed guard at Columbine.