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Walk to end gun violence at Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Standing arm in arm a huge group of moms and supporters showed up to Balboa Park early Saturday to make their voices heard.

The grassroots group Moms Demand Action formed a day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 20 young children were killed and 8 others died. With the 3-year anniversary of the deadly tragedy approaching on December 14, the organization wanted to continue their movement.

"It was extremely heart-wrenching to go through that experience and so we're here today to honor the lives of victims lost and the 88 Americans we lose every single day to preventable gun violence," said Jo Rao, Organizer for Moms Demand Action California.

Sheila Smith knows the pain behind a bullet very well. Her son was shot and killed in 2008 while dropping of a cousin and another car opened fire.

"It's the most devastating thing you could ever go through, whatever you imagine it would be, it's a million times worse," Smith said.

Smith stands with the supporters asking for universal gun background checks.

"I’m just a mom trying to make a difference."

It was an ocean of orange as the group chanted for change, saying “End Gun Violence."

"We want everyone to have their 2nd Amendment rights, but we want people to know that all rights come with responsibilities," Rao said.

Just 22 miles north at the Del Mar fairgrounds, crowds of people packed the gun show.

“It's actually pretty busy, when we got here today, they had all those rails, the lines of people like DisneyLand just lined up to get inside," said Dustin Parker, who typically attends the gun show to get sales on ammunition.

"For a lot of us, it's something that we do with our family, it's something that we do with our friends, we were raised around them, and it's just a way of life, and it doesn't mean those things aren't a tragedy, we mourn for those, but you don't change your way of life because something bad happens,"Parker said.

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