Gun control supporters rally in Naples
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NAPLES, Fla. - Gun control advocates took to the streets in Collier County Saturday morning to call for tougher restrictions on gun sales including a ban on assault style weapons.
A number of protesters say they own guns and support gun ownership. But they want Congress to crack down on gun show loopholes and restrict the sale of semi-automatics.
Drivers honked their horns in support.
"Do you stand with the 92 percent of Americans who want universal background checks?," and organizer asked. "Or do you stand with the gun lobby?"
The crowd carried signs, evoking the tragedies at Virginia Tech, Tucson and Newtown , where Ellen Early grew up and the shooting hit close to home.
"The granddaughter of people I was in school with was one of the children murdered in Sandy Hook," said Early. "And a teacher who worked with my daughter in the school system was shot four times. Luckily she has survived."
Early supports Second Amendment rights but says she wants certain types of weapons banned.
"If you need a gun to protect yourself, fine," said Early. "But nobody needs an assault rifle to protect their home."
The group wants Congress to close background check loopholes and ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
"Most NRA members also favor legislation that would prevent the kind of terrible massacre that we've seen most recently in Newtown," said Jeff Davis, a card-carrying NRA member. "I feel that we should have, at the very least, background checks which is what 70 percent of NRA members favor."
The protesters also took aim at lawmakers, like Sen. Marco Rubio, who opposed gun control legislation.
"We want background checks," one woman said. "We want safety for our children."
"We're not going to go away," said Early. "And we're not going to become silent."
The National Rifle Association opposes expanding background checks and threatened to give low scores to lawmakers who vote for what the NRA considers "anti-gun" legislation.