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Texas Rally for 'Gun Sense' takes to Capitol steps

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The South steps of the Capitol Saturday afternoon were home to those who hope to put a stop to gun violence at the Texas Rally for Gun Sense.

Hilary Rand with "Moms Demand Action" is a mother of 2 elementary-aged kids. She says she will never be the same after Sandy Hook.

"It's time for this conversation to happen. It's time for us to stand up and say 'enough,'" Rand said.

Keeping guns off college campuses was a topic also brought up at today's rally.

John Woods was a senior at Virginia Tech when the shooting there took place. His girlfriend Maxine was one of the 32 killed. He says he doesn't believe more guns would have helped the situation.

"I support the second amendment, I believe that there's an individual right to carry guns in this country, to own guns...but I do think that there's certain places where people should exercise some responsibility," Woods said.

The most talked about subject of the rally -- Universal Background Checks. Rand says statistics show 78% of Texans and 91%of all Americans support them.

Those statistics apparently include Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

"It's not a political issue! It's a common sense issue! It is an issue that's not red or blue -- and the only red we're talking about is the blood of innocent people being spilled because we are not doing enough as Americans to keep guns in the hands of law abiding, mentally sound, God-fearing Americans and out of the hands of criminals," Acevedo said to the crowd.

Among the sea of signs...one emerged that wasn't quite like all the others. A Vietnam Veteran who calls himself "Texas George" brought a big red sign that says "STOP GUN BANS."

"I'm all for locking criminals up and keeping guns away from criminals, but drugs are illegal...passing drug laws has not kept drugs off the streets of our country," George said.

George says more gun laws won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

"Because the very fact that they're criminals means that they will ignore any laws," George said.

"Actually I was really heartened to see so many people trying to come in front of him and talk to him and actually engage him in conversation saying 'We're not talking about a gun ban here! We don't want to repeal the second amendment.' All we want to do is bring some common sense to this discussion, some gun reform to make sure that our families are safer," Ran said.

Texas George told us he wanted to make it clear that he doesn't hate anybody at the rally or the fact they disagree with him.

He just feels they're misinformed

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