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Local moms ring bells against gun violence

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

On the one-year anniversary of the devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, mothers gathered in Salem to remember the victims and raise awareness.

This morning's event, which was held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, was one of 50 events being held in 35 states to honor all victims of gun violence.  

Victims of the shooting that took place at Clackamas Town Center last year were also remembered today in Salem.

The event's organizing group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, formed just one day after 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman in Newtown, CT.

Rather than holding a moment of silence to mark the occasion, the moms rang bells loudly to demonstrate how they will no longer be quiet about gun violence.

"The tragedy at Sandy Hook was a wake-up call for many of us and we can no longer be silent about our nation's raging epidemic of gun violence," said Kara Murray, Communications Lead for Oregon Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Leading up to the event this past week, members of Moms Demand Action also called upon Congress to implement strict reforms that would stiffen background check criteria for potential gun buyers.

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