Apr 14, 2013 12:47 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Nogales holds vigil for gun violence

NOGALES - A group called Organizing for Action held a vigil to end gun violence Saturday.

Mary Darling said she is fortunate she never lost anybody to a shooting, but she still wants to see background checks on all gun sales.

"I don't want to be that next victim. I don't want my family to be the next victim, and I don't want my friends to be the next victim," she said. "I don't want my community to be the next Sandy Hook or Tucson or Aurora."

About a dozen people attended the event near City Hall. Some were disappointed in the turnout, but the group has been collecting signatures all over Santa Cruz County. About 600,000 Arizonans have signed, according to Darling.

"I have to believe, multiplied by 50 states, each person on those petitions made a huge difference in breaking a filibuster," she said, "and now having the bill come to the floor."

Tommy Rompel owns Black Weapons Armory. He is having trouble keeping rifles in stock. He does not think the majority of Americans want more restrictions of guns.

"Any new legislation will do nothing to actually help with the term gun violence," Rompel said. "We should be focusing on people and violence, not firearms and how people legally acquire firearms."

Vigils like the one in Nogales are happening all over the country.


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