Thursday, October 28, 1999 Published at 22:07 GMT 23:07 UK
Children march against guns
Parents and children marched on the Capitol
Hundreds of children and their parents have been marching in Washington to demand greater gun control in the United States.
They marched to the Capitol to deliver thousands of letters from children up and down the east coast.
The letters say access to guns is too easy and members of Congress need to "put the lives of Americans, especially children, ahead of money from the gun lobby."
Over the past year, there have been numerous multiple killings, including the shootings at a high school in Colorado in April that left 15 students dead.
So far the Republican-controlled Congress has refused to pass gun-control legislation, but many states are introducing tough laws of their own.
Many newspapers, including key opinion formers, are questioning the wisdom of widespread gun ownership.
At the same time, President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary have emerged as prominent supporters of tougher controls.
For many Americans, including the three million members of the National Rifle Association, the right to bear arms is not only enshrined in the constitution, it is a key civil liberty.
There are an estimated 200 million privately-held guns in the USA. One million weapons are in the hands of pupils, some of whom take the guns into high school.