LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Activists gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, demanding action from lawmakers as part of a nationwide anti-violence campaign following mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this month.
At City Hall, dozens gathered for “Students Against Gun Violence” – one of more than 100 of anti-violence rallies held across the U.S. Not all attendees were students; but all had a similar message.READ MORE: Young Boy Dead, 2 Others Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
“I think a lot of people feel really helpless so this is a way of doing something,” attendee Amanda Gish explained.
What do they want from lawmakers?
“Stricter gun laws and try to prevent gun violence,” Jose Gonzalez said.
“Get background checks — that’s a start — and get stricter gun laws for sure,” Madi Keller added.
“I don’t think you have the right to have an automatic weapon. Absolutely not,” Gish said.READ MORE: Disneyland To Switch To New Genie Service On Wednesday
“I’m tired of Congress not doing its job,” said attendee Mary Holm.
Just 40 miles away, in Costa Mesa, a well-attended gun show was underway. There, the NRA offered free admission in exchange for their membership; and the sentiment was much different.
“The problem is not guns. Guns don’t pull the trigger,” said one guns rights activist.
“Carrying a weapon to defend you and your loved ones is probably about the best thing we could do at this point in time,” said another man. ” … Considering all the mass shootings that are going on.”
“All weapons need to be regulated and monitored carefully but I think we have the right to bear arms — all kinds of arms,” said another attendee.MORE NEWS: US Surgeon General Visits King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science To Discuss Mental Health
The Senate is scheduled to go back in session in three weeks.