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Vigils held for Sandy Hook Elementary

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It was a cold winter day, but that did not stop people from gathering in front of the statehouse.

The group Guns Against Violence organized a vigil to honor the 20 children and 6 teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year on December 14th.

Organizer Danielle LaFleur Brooks said Saturday, "I really hope today is lighting that candle and just being very aware of who we are and our responsibilities as community members, as family members, as citizens."

Community members shared their thoughts on what changes they are still waiting for when it comes to gun laws here in Vermont -- and struggled with how to balance the rights of gun owners, and protecting children.

Montpelier Mayor John Hollar said, "I worry that it's going to happen here and we need to make sure that we take all the steps that we can to ensure that our kids are safe."

The names of all 26 lives lost one year ago were read aloud. It was a moment that hit too close to home for some, including LaFleur, a teacher who lost a student to gun violence years ago.

"It resonates in me, I can imagine being a teacher in a school, I've been there. And I have a hard time believing that we haven't been able to make some legislative change," said LaFleur Brooks.

"It's a local issue, it's a state issue, I think we need to take some common sense measures to eliminate some of the most dangerous weapons that are readily available in our communities," said Hollar.

Representatives came out Saturday, asking for support for stricter gun laws..and telling locals to remember the 26 lives taken too soon.

"I really hope today, what happens is a point of transformation," said LaFleur Brooks.

As people across the country remember the victims, supporters in front of the statehouse say they will continue to fight for stricter gun laws, and never forget the Sandy Hook victims.

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