Attendees of Rally to End Gun Violence urged to vote in midterms

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Attendees at the Rally to End Gun Violence in Westbury Saturday didn't mince their words: They say they want gun reform in the wake of numerous mass shootings.

"America just loves its guns way too much, more than its people – and if that's not ‘effed’ up than I don't know what is," said Lucy Peters, a relative of Scott Biegel, who died during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Paul Guttenberg, whose niece Jaime Guttenberg was also a Parkland victim, told those in attendance that politicians that accept NRA money will be voted out of office.

Robert Gaafar, a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting that claimed 49 lives, said he would “never forget the sound of that weapon.”

“It's worse than you can ever imagine, especially when it's being fired at you," he said.

The rally also served as a way to encourage people to vote in the midterm elections.

"We're in this position because the Republicans in Congress refuse to take this issue up and put common sense gun legislation on the floor of the House for us to vote," said Rep. Kathleen Rice.

Andrew Chernoff, the owner Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, says more gun laws aren't the answer.

"Enforce the gun laws we have and make the gun laws across the country uniform so that somebody can't go to a place that where guns are easy to obtain and bring them back to a place where they are hard to obtain," he said.

Those who spoke at the rally emphasized that they didn't want to see an erosion of the Second Amendment.

"We need to protect the Bill of Rights while, at the same time, being open to a real discussion of gun safety," said Gaafar.

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