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Wednesday's Disarm Hate Rally on the steps of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation on University Parkway was a powerful and moving spectacle ("House Dems push on gun control," June 30). A virtual wall of power stood on those steps — Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes, and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Attorney General Brian Frosh, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. They were joined by women and children who were victims of gun violence and by a gathering of local clergy.

There were signs and t-shirts representing Black Lives Matter, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and Disarm Hate. Members of these groups massed around the speakers and clergy. On the other side of the steps stood at least 25 members of the news media and at least 25 staffers who accompanied the legislators.

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Each speaker gave a passionate and moving talk. Mr. Cummings spoke of the truly amazing sit-in that took place in Congress last week, and of the young men in his neighborhood who now exist in wheelchairs because of gun violence.

Dr. Wen spoke of the continuing commitment of emergency room doctors to treat gunshot wound victims, and she turned to legislators and asked them to help stem the influx of these patients. Commissioner Davis spoke of the need to change certain gun laws. A mother spoke of her child begging their father to stop shooting at them.

I was near tears.

I was also apparently one of the few random citizens who showed up for this rally simply out of concern for gun control. I interrupted my work schedule to attend this most important morning gathering. I expected to see hundreds of like-minded citizens on that corner.

I left sad and angry that there was no crowd of citizens who were not scheduled to attend, that there were no mothers and young men and women who truly want to end the culture of gun violence that is so deeply embedded in our culture. This event was announced on local news media and on Facebook. Where were you? Why were you not with us? How can anything really change unless those passionate representatives who attended and spoke can see that we really want and need and appreciate the change that they are attempting?

Mary K. Skeen

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