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LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

Lakewood's Independence Day parade featured a new group of marchers. 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense was established the day after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their goal is to work for what they believe are common sense gun laws to keep children safe.

As the group prepared to march in the Lakewood parade, Cleveland Chapter President  Jane Burgett, couldn't help but wonder and hope that it would be a safe day across the nation.

"I actually had that thought on my way here, that's how sad it is, we shouldn't have to think that every time Americans congregate at a big event like this that something bad like that could happen," Burgett said.

In just seven months, since the tragedy at Sandy Hook,  Mothers Demand Action has grown to over 100,000 thousand members across the country, and while they push for stricter gun control, they want to stress that they are not interested in denying anyone their right to own a gun.

Burgett said, "What we want to say is that having common sense gun laws does not infringe at all on our second amendment rights."

Moms Demand Action is trying to position themselves much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and they are hoping to have the same effect on the nations gun laws that M.A.D.D. has had on the nations drunk driving laws.

"It's definitely a marathon we have a long way to go, we're not stopping, we're not giving up. We feel we have the right to protect our children," Burgett added.

As the group marched in Lakewood, other members were marching in cities like Houston, Denver, D.C. and Chicago.

They say they are a nonpartisan grass roots movement and Thursday's parade march should be seen as a declaration of independence from gun violence.

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