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Van Hollen to Speak at Gun Violence Prevention March

Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Kensington) is slated to speak at the rally in front of the Washington Monument.

Montgomery County residents taking part in Saturday's march on Washington to Prevent Gun Violence will see at least one familar face in the crowd: that of Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Kensington), who will speak at the march, according to a statement from his office.

Participants in the march will gather at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 in front of the U.S. Capitol's reflecting pool. After a silent march from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument via Constitution Avenue, participants will hold a rally at the monument at 11 a.m. in which Van Hollen and others will deliver remarks.

March participants will include religious leaders, elected officials, victims of gun violence, children’s health and safety advocates and concerned citizens, according to the statement.

"I have long been a supporter of common sense measures to prevent gun violence," Van Hollen said in a statement.

"Banning assault-style weapons, restricting high-capacity magazines and implementing a system for universal background checks are just a few of the ways we can help make our communities safer," he added.

Van Hollen is slated to speak at about 12:25 p.m., the statement said.

Fred Evans January 26, 2013 at 03:09 PM
We need more House and Senate members to get off the sidelines and become true leaders on this critical issue. Keep up the pressure and don't give up! The problem is not the "gun lobby" The problem is our will not to be intimidated. Over 1200 persons have been murdered by a gun since Sandy Hook. The time for action is now!

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