WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

At Vigil For Newtown, Conn. Victims, Calls For Gun Control

Play associated audio
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.


'Listen To Me Marlon' Explores Brando's Life In His Own Words

The documentary, Listen to Me Marlon, tells the story of legendary actor Marlon Brando through hours of personal audio recordings. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Stevan Riley about the film.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Uganda chimps have found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.