The issue is controversial, but community leaders and volunteers want their voices heard. Dozens gathered in Toledo to push for tougher gun laws and pay tribute to those killed by gun violence in Lucas County.
It's part of a National Day of Action brought about after horrific shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Tucson, Arizona, and Newtown, Connecticut. Groups across the country are encouraging reform including, increasing aid for mental health, universal background checks and stronger penalties for those breaking the law.
"I think another big one is getting military assault rifles out of the hands of everyday citizens," Jennifer Couture, one of the speakers said.
Couture is a mother of three and she says she is tired of living in fear.
"To have to tell you girls to get down and getting rattled out of bed because there is a shooting in the parking lot," she said.
At the same time, the national Rifle Association is ramping up it's campaign against these initiatives. The organization says the President's proposals will affect honest, law-abiding gun owners, leaving children vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.