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Moms spend Mother's Day rallying for gun reform

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Some San Diego moms are keeping gun violence prevention on people's minds this Mother's Day.

It was no ordinary day at Balboa Park Sunday. With signs like -- "moms for sensible gun laws," "kids not guns," and chants like -- "ho ho hey hey gun reform today."

The group "Organizing For Action" took advantage of a sunny day in a popular spot to rally for gun violence prevention.

"Very much about moms protecting kids...There is no higher priority than that," said Margaret McAllister.

But there was one man with two signs of his own, standing by himself and behind the second amendment. He stood in the middle of a "Moms Don't Forget" rally through Balboa Park.

"We all want the same things...We want safer lives for children, innocent people...But what they're talking about is impeding law-abiding citizens from their legal right to defend themselves by purchasing firearms."  

Michael Sanchez thinks more gun laws would restrict law abiding citizens, not criminals.

"It's unfortunate that Sandy Hook happened but unfortunately those guns were legally obtained and taken illegally by the son...It's tragic, but again, criminals don't follow the laws," he said.

Meanwhile, OFA handed out carnations armed with information written on green paper in memory of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"We got flowers with info about what you can do to contact a representative and join organizing for action."

They also handed out petition forms for folks to sign.

"This petition is about focusing in on the issue of extended background checks," said McAllister.  

With little opposition, these moms decided to spend their Mother's Day garnering support for gun violence prevention legislation.

Organizing For Action is a national non-profit group and has been working on getting signatures in support of universal background checks for a while.

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