(KCEN) -- Thousands of people marched through Washington today, for stricter gun control laws.
They walked from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument many carrying signs in memory of those who died in the Sandy Hook massacre.
Organizers of the march are calling on Congress to pass a ban on military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
At a rally speakers said it's not about taking away 2nd Amendment rights but about saving lives.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says, "Far too many of our children are growing up in climates where they are scared. They are worried about getting past 16, 17 and 18. That has to change. Our children, our families, our communities, our country deserves something better than that."
Organizers say the Washington rally was part of about a dozen protests across the nation today in favor of gun control.