Puebloans rally against gun violence

Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
POSTED: 10:52 PM MST Mar 07, 2013 
PUEBLO, Colo. -

Gun control is one of the most heated topics in Colorado. On Thursday night, a group rallied in Pueblo, comprised of a mix of gun owners and non-gun owners. They said they're not against guns. They're against gun violence.

Attendees stood in silence for five minutes to remember the more than 2,500 people who, they say, have been killed by guns since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"It just kind of touched all of our hearts and we don't understand why there's so much hate filling the state," said Daneya Esgar, who helped organize the rally.

The rally comes on the heels of further debate at the state Capitol over gun control legislation.

"I can speak for people I know who own guns. People that were here today that own guns and totally support the legislation that's going through because it just makes everybody safer and protected," Esgar said.

On Thursday, a poll released by Public Opinion Strategies showed 61 percent of likely Pueblo voters oppose tighter gun control laws.

"All of the gun laws aren't gonna work. Some of them will," said Art Benfield, a Pueblo resident.

"I hope this vigil shows that there's people on the other side of this topic and that there's people that believe in love and people that believe in peace and people that just want to make this world a better place," Esgar said.