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People gather at rally to call for tighter gun control

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BERKLEY, Mich. (WNEM) -

A rally to end gun violence took place in one Michigan city and a local lawmaker was there to make his voice heard.

Congressman Dan Kildee was in Berkley, a suburb of Detroit, on Wednesday. Gun opponents gathered there to call for tighter gun control.

"We feel now there may be a point where we can move some legislation and protect all American citizens," said Cherri Masson, with Michigan Million Mom March.

Masson showed her support for stricter gun control laws. She sat beside congress members who share her viewpoint.

For Masson, she said her involvement in the movement hits close to home for many Mid-Michiganders.

"One day sitting in my classroom and hearing the news of an elementary student in Flint, a kindergartener killed by another kindergartender, and this was just a few miles away from my school," Masson said.

Five democratic members of congress met in Berkley to discuss gun regulation, specifically on two points.

The first is enforcing complete background checks for all people looking to buy a gun. The second is the no-fly, no-buy movement, which would prohibit individuals on the TSA's no fly list from purchasing a gun.

"The vast majority of most Americans believe if a person is too dangerous to fly on an airplane, they ought not to buy a weapon," Kildee said.

Kildee said he is hoping congress votes on those two issues.

"It will take the American people to speak up, putting pressure on their members of congress to at least allow a vote," Kildee said.

Rep. John Coyers called for a ban on all assault rifles, which met mixed reaction. Rep. Brenda Lawrence said that's not what the bills are about.

"This is not a move to take guns away from any law-abiding citizens in America," Lawrence said.

As for Masson, she said she hopes the dialogue will help reduce gun violence in schools like hers and across the country.

"Not only legislatures are behind this, but this is an important change that needs to be made and a public health problem," Masson said.

Congress meets back on July 5 and Kildee said he hopes the two measures will be addressed quickly.

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