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Rabbi Stephanie Aaron speaks at an Everytown for Gun Safety rally in El Presidio Park. About 50 people attended the event Wednesday, calling for universal background checks for gun purchases. Among them were Jan. 8 victim Pamela Simon, left; Carol Gaxiola, background left, whose daughter was murdered; Mary Reed, center left, another Jan. 8 survivor; Roxanna Green, with sunglasses, whose daughter was killed in the Jan. 8 attack; and City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich, right.

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About 50 people gathered at Presidio Park Wednesday morning wearing matching t-shirts and holding handmade signs to protest the failure by Congress to pass new legislation to what they believe are loopholes related to background checks in current gun registration laws.

The group's protest came near the seventh anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting

The Tucson group included a handful of Jan. 8th shooting survivors, several local elected officials as well as church leaders.

The rally was organized by two groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Similar rallies were held across the country.