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Those at vigil for Sandy Hook victims call for stricter gun control

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People in our region are remembering the 20 first graders and six educators gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary one month ago. It comes as President Obama also takes a stand on the issue of gun regulations.

A candlelight vigil was held in Dupont Circle Monday to remember the victims.

“There are many families who are without their children and had a terrible Christmas,” says Dave Price.

Price and his mom came to support calls by the vigil’s organizers for more gun control.

“My son asked me on the way down here, ‘Do you really think that you can change things?’ and I said, 'If we do nothing then we can’t,'” says Honora Price.

Those at the vigil support the president’s endorsement of a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. President Obama admits Congress may not pass the bans, but says on some issues, like better gun tracking, he may try to go around Congress.

“There may be some steps that we can take administratively as opposed to the legislature,” says President Obama.

That has some outraged, including one Texas representative who wants to impeach the president if he goes around Congress.

At gun stores like NOVA Firearms in Falls Church, they say the president is only driving up gun sales.

“Anytime the president of Senator Feinstein comes out and talks about restricting Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens the phone rings off the hook, the line goes out the door. Gun sales skyrocket,” says Chuck Nesby, a salesman.

Earlier Monday, parents of some of the murdered children called for a hard look at not just guns but also mental health and school safety. They’re struggling.

“I still find myself reaching for Dylan’s hand to walk through a parking lot, or expecting him to crawl in bed beside me for early morning cuddles before we get ready for school,” says Nichole Hockley.

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