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Anti-gun activists hold protests in DC

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Despite a Washington Post/ABC News poll this weekend showing 71 percent of those asked oppose a ban on handguns in general, anti-gun activists are stepping up their campaigns to demand tougher gun laws in this country.

"Shame on the NRA," shouted a group of about 100 demonstrators marching on the Capitol Hill offices of the National Rifle Association at noon Monday.

"And obviously it was just the amazing horror of 20 little children (murdered) that was my motivation," said Gayle Fleming." I've gone to a lot of rallies. This is my first time going to an anti-gun rally. It will not be my last."

"Today, we say enough," said one protest leader speaking to the crowd with a bullhorn. "We are here to urge the NRA lobbyists to stand down and allow Congress to pass common sense gun laws that will reduce gun deaths and tragic shootings."

"Arm the teachers! Arm the principals!" yelled one man from a second-floor window nearby.

Larry Ward, who says he is a father of two young children and lives in Virginia, later came down to confront the protestors on the street.

"This principal in the school tried to defend the children and was killed for it," Ward told us. "But if the principal tried to defend the children with a gun, perhaps (she) could have saved many lives."

Rally organizers say they are encouraged by President Barack Obama's remarks in Newtown Sunday night.

"Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage?" asked the President at a memorial to the 26 victims murdered inside Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning. "That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"

White House officials acknowledging Monday that changing the nation's gun laws is complicated business.

"I don't have a specific policy outline for you today from the President," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "And I think it's important to remember that this is about our gun laws and enforcing them, but it's also about a broader series of issues."

Outside the White House, there was another midday demonstration, albeit smaller and much quieter. It's been happening every Monday since the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado this summer.

"And it has been an amazing experience because we've talked to people from all over the world and all over the country, and we all really feel that we are changing people's minds, one person at a time," says protest organizer Barbara Elsas.

FOX 5 News has been asking the NRA for comment for two days now for somebody to address the calls for new gun laws, but so far, the organization has not responded.

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