Harrisburg walk to end gun violence marks Sandy Hook anniversary

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Monday marks the three-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And to remember those victims, and others of gun violence, a march was held in Harrisburg Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America joined to participate in the Orange Walk to End Gun violence. Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the chapter came together to honor survivors and victims of gun violence.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said easy access to guns, especially for teens, has become a problem.

Papenfuse said, "Within a five minute walk from there, or from any point in this city, they could buy a gun illegally."

Along with the mayor, Police Chief Thomas Carter and the mother of Rayon Braxton, who was shot and killed two weeks ago in the city, spoke to the crowd.

Braxton's mother said it's time for action.

Dereasha Leaks said, "Come out to these events and stop talking about what you could do or what you want to do, but come out and find out what you can and now. Because now's the time."

She emphasized the importance of voting and making changes in the community.

"We need to hold ourselves to a standard and hold ourselves at a value to where we are influencing our kids to do the right thing," Leaks said.

The Orange Walks were created to keep people moving forward and to never give up. The mayor is pushing for gun laws preventing minors from possessing guns and firing guns in city parks.

Papenfuse said, "We have to work together to solve this problem through compassion and understanding, and love and commitment, and not through violence."

About 100 walks will take place this weekend across the country. In Pennsylvania, the Orange Walks to End Gun Violence were also held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.