On Sandy Hook anniversary, Philadelphians hurt by shootings call for tougher gun limits [photos]

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The anniversary of a horrifying shooting brought people out to talk about tamping down gun violence in Philadelphia Wednesday. 

It was on Dec. 14, 2012, that 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School were shot to death in Connecticut. 

Stephanie Mobley of Philadelphia said all shootings hit home for her since her son was killed by gunfire.

“This time of the year is a hard time of the year, his birthday is the 20th, Christmas is the 25th,” she said. “I used to think, ‘What do I have to live for?'”

Mobley keeps going by helping others and offering comfort to those who have lost their sons and daughters to violence.

Also attending the gathering, veterinarian Starr Bright said she still has issues 25 years after she was shot.

“I still feel like I’m walking on sharp glass,” she said. “I still get waves of pain, but they don’t come every 2 to 5 minutes the way they did for two years.”

Those who gathered to mourn and to remember called for stricter gun rules to help curb the violence on the streets.

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