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Hundreds converged on the White House Friday to hold a vigil for the estimated 26 dead.
Matt Laslo
Hundreds converged on the White House Friday to hold a vigil for the estimated 26 dead.

Gun control advocates rallied at the White House Friday afternoon in the wake of the tragic murder of at least 27 people by a gunman in Newtown, Conn. Many of them are saying that now is the time for gun control.

The crowd was bewildered and sad in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut. More than 100 people gathered outside the White House gates to show their solidarity with the families who lost loved ones. It was a somber gathering, with lit candles, praying and some singing "We Shall Overcome."

Some want to pressure President Obama to call on Congress to pass stricter gun control measures. Some held signs that said, "Mr. President, we're praying for your action."

Many in the crowd are hoping the President picks up their call to action in his State of the Union address in the wake of the deaths of 20 children in Connecticut.

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