LARGO, Md. (WUSA) -- 1700 miles from the scene of the largest mass shooting in the nation's history, members of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition were calling for solutions to the nation's epidemic of gun violence, chanting, "Save the children, stop the violence."
Magic Johnson's movie theatre in Largo, Maryland, was one of dozens of locations around the country where the Rainbow Coalition held vigils on Sunday for the victims of the Colorado massacre, and where they called on lawmakers to take concrete steps to try to prevent the next massacre.
Step number one, according to Rainbow Coalition members, should be reinstating the country's ban on assault weapons, which was allowed to expire eight years ago.
Police in Colorado say one of the weapons used in Friday's attack was an AR-15, military-style assault rifle.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the country's most outspoken supporters of tougher gun laws, is now calling on President Obama and Mitt Romney to end their carefully-guarded silence on gun control issues right now.
"It matters to you and me and to our children and grandchildren, and it's time I think that we hold them accountable, and say, ok, you want our votes, what are you going to do?" Bloomberg said on Face the Nation.