Gun control advocates hold vigil in Collier

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Protestors listen to hear Chris Straton talk Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the northwest corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Golden Gate Parkway in Naples, Fla. A group of a about 60 concerned citizens held a rally entitled 'We Have not Forgotten Vigil against Gun  Violence.' From 10 a.m. to noon, they stood with signs, as cars passed and honked in support, with a few boos from auto passersby. The gaggle held a moment of silence and shared testimonial of the need for more thorough and stricter background checks, outlaw of assault weapons and high magazine clips, and establish a national weapons database. Such efforts are supported in effort to curtail violent acts such as Newtown, Virginia Tech, Columbine and Tucson from happening again.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Protestors listen to hear Chris Straton talk Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the northwest corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Golden Gate Parkway in Naples, Fla. A group of a about 60 concerned citizens held a rally entitled "We Have not Forgotten Vigil against Gun Violence." From 10 a.m. to noon, they stood with signs, as cars passed and honked in support, with a few boos from auto passersby. The gaggle held a moment of silence and shared testimonial of the need for more thorough and stricter background checks, outlaw of assault weapons and high magazine clips, and establish a national weapons database. Such efforts are supported in effort to curtail violent acts such as Newtown, Virginia Tech, Columbine and Tucson from happening again.

Gun control advocates met at a busy street corner in Collier County on Saturday morning to remember victims of gun violence.

"Mourning is not enough," organizer Chris Straton told the crowd of about 100 people who stood in front of Naples High School at the corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Golden Gate Parkway. "To commemorate those who have fallen we need to take a stand."

Men, women and children carried homemade signs with the names of American schools and cities that have become synonymous with mass shootings - Columbine, Tucson, Newtown, Virginia Tech.

The group also called on their federal lawmakers to close loopholes in background checks for gun buyers and ban military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Other signs were marked with "Action," "We Have Not Forgotten," and the names of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. representatives Trey Radel and Mario Diaz-Balart with question marks after their names.

Joan Schlereth, 45, of Cape Coral, came to the vigil out of a sense of loyalty to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 20 children and six adult staff members in Newtown, Conn., in December.

"I'm dug in and committed as if they were my children," said Schlereth, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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