SAN ANTONIO – On Wednesday, demands for common sense solutions to gun violence are being heard across the nation, including San Antonio.
Supporters gathered inside the San Antonio Mennonite Fellowship on Wednesday morning to keep up the fight in a National Day of Action on Gun Control, spearheaded by Democratic members of Congress.
Advocates are calling for common sense measures to lower the death rate of 91 people a day, which the Centers for Disease Control says is the rate of gun deaths in the United States.
"The NRA has been the only one at the table for so many years. Now we're here, and they're listening, so we're making great progress," said Barbra Morales, group lead of San Antonio Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
From the Capitol to the Alamo City, members of Moms Demand Action won't budge until lawmakers find a solution.
"I've got a college student who can't go to UT now because they refuse to do anything about the carry on campus, so I'm not gonna put him in that," Morales said. "He can't concentrate on his studies. My younger child is fearful when he goes to school because they have lockdowns all the time."
Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett joined the historic Democratic sit-in one week ago on the house floor.
"NRA means not only National Rifle Association, but in the House, it means 'No Republican Action' because we have had no action," Doggett said.
Doggett added that this national movement has no intention of taking guns away from law-abiding citizens or interfering with the Second Amendment.
Critics call the push for more gun control yet another attempt by Democrats at a gun grab.
"Why it is they think that people who are too dangerous to fly with us on an airplane ought to be able to get access to as many assault weapons as they want?" Doggett asked.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan bill in the House and Senate to deny firearms to terrorists and to expand background checks sits and waits for a vote.
"We've tried everything else there," Doggett said. "We can't get the speaker to provide us a vote on this issue. So, hopefully, as indicated by the fact that some Republicans have now come along, we can get action."
Morales, who is also affiliated with Every Town for Gun Safety, noted that, in the 18 states that passed common sense gun legislation, death rates were nearly cut in half.
Democrats plan to continue the fight when Congress returns to session July 5.