NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Newtown Interfaith Council and the Newtown Action Alliance hosted a vigil to stand with the community in Uvalde, Texas, where a school shooting took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.

The tragedy brings up the feelings of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened nearly 10 years ago.

The vigil took place at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street in Newtown. Community members want those in Washington to hear their cries. 

“We cannot be simply living in America where kids can go to school with the fear of never seeing their parents again, watching their friends pass away, it is horrifying and it must stop,” said Jordan Gomes, a survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting. She was in fourth grade when the shooting happened. 

Senator Richard Blumenthal was in attendance along with local religious leaders.

“To the gun lobby I will say: your grip on Congress is breaking,” Blumenthal said. 

“How many more kids have to die before the power makes radical change to these horrific conditions? When power refuses to protect our kids, then we must organize and challenge power like the lives of our kids depend on it. We must seize power like the lives of kids depend on it. Our kids’ lives are on the line,” said Eman Beshtawii, president of the Newtown Islamic Center. 

Those attending the vigil marched to the National Sports Shooting Foundation on Mile Hill Road to raise awareness about the impact of gun lobbies and gun violence in America. 

The Newtown Action Alliance and those who attended the vigil are calling for common sense gun laws and stricter background checks for those looking to purchase a gun.

“We just want to make sure that we continue to fight and give hope that there has to be some change. We can’t live like this, we shouldn’t live like this,” said Po Murray, chairwoman of the alliance. 

In response to the Uvalde shooting, the National Sports Shooting Foundation posted a statement on their website, saying in part: 

“NSSF has long advocated – and will continue to advocate – for real solutions to prevent unauthorized access to firearms by criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, children and others who cannot be trusted to handle firearms in a safe and responsible manner.”