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Rally honors victims of gun violence

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – In the wake of Parkland, Santa Fe and the Noblesville school shootings, the nation is trying to come to terms with the loss and what to do about the violence. 

Saturday afternoon, Moms Demand Action gathered at the Allen County Courthouse to hold a rally the day after National Gun Violence Awareness Day. 

Folks were encouraged to wear orange. 

The group took today to celebrate the survivors of shootings as well as honor those who died. 

They also want to take it a step further. 

"Because if you put yourself in these parents shoes their lives have changed just because of these shootings. I mean they will never, ever be able to hold their child again at night and just like that it’s gone. So we are fighting for common sense gun laws," Erica Jamison with Moms Demand Action said. 

And while the group organizing the event is Moms Demand Action, they want the public to know dads are welcome, too. 

Earlier in the week, Fort Wayne’s NBC caught up with Congressman Jim Banks and asked him about keeping kids safe in school in the wake of these shootings. 

"I think that we can do a lot more to keep our schools safe and secure without infringing upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. That’s what my constituents expect me to fight for are those common-sense policies that would do that, but at the end of the day, we’ve gotta do more to keep our schools safe," Rep. Banks said. 

Supporters of the 2nd Amendment also held an event called "June 2nd for the Second Amendment" to bear arms in a peaceful manner. 

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