The December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. sparked renewed debate over gun control in the United States, with that debate continuing, one year later.
"Mothers across america are more determined, more organized, more energized - now, more than ever," Sabina Brown with 'Moms Demand Action' said Saturday at Guthrie Green in Tulsa.
The group was pushing for tougher restrictions on guns, in the wake of the Connecticut shootings. "Sandy Hook was really a wake-up call to a lot of mothers. Myself, I have two small children and it was easy to imagine my own children in that situation and I realized, I was going to have to start speaking out if I wanted to see change and that's true for a lot of mothers across America," Brown said.
"In 26 years of police work, I saw what guns could do," said former police officer, Rex Berry, who showed his support for the message, adding that his experience in law enforcement gave him a front row seat to the ugly side of gun use. "We need to craft a strong policy that we can protect the rights of the individual and protect their second amendment rights, but also, be able to address - let's say - those with temporary mental issues."
"We respect the second amendment," Brown said. "But, we think that there needs to be some common sense gun laws in place to keep guns out of the wrong hands."