AUSTIN (KXAN) - A grassroots rally on gun control drew hundreds to the state capitol.
As federal and local governments grapple with how to put a stop to mass shootings; speakers and groups from both sides of the argument met Saturday to send a message to politicians.
The Texas Rally for Gun Sense was sponsored by several local and national gun groups looking to find a solution to the country's controversial gun debate.
"After witnessing the terrible slaughter of 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, our country has reached a tipping point," said Hilary Rand, one of the rally's organizers.
Survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings, as well as families personally effected by gun violence took the podium to discuss things like universal background checks.
Heated opinions led to heated moments during the rally, and at one point a verbal altercation was put to rest by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
"There is no magic pill," said Acevedo. "We owe it to our children, we owe it to our neighbors, we owe it to each other to do better."
Groups like Moms Demand Action urged the crowd to get involved through social media and writing their lawmakers.
Kirsten Brunner, showed up to show off stickers that she feels will make a difference when it comes to her children's safety with guns.
"The one question we don't ask our neighbors are do you have firearms in your home," said Brunner, who started the movement called Safe Home 411.
The idea is that the stickers communicate that there are no guns in your homes or that your guns are appropriately secured. Brunner came up with the idea after hearing about incidents where children were accidentally killed by guns that weren't properly secured.
"I want it to be that when you see it you automatically know that this home is safe for your child to play in or spend the night at," said Brunner.
And while gun control will continue to be a debated issue. Everyone agreed that it's rallies and discussions that will move us in the right direction.
"Shame on people that say it's about politics I say it's about lives," said Chief Acevedo. "And it's about the lives of my neighbors my friends my coworkers that I'm willing to stand up for.
To join in on the conversation hashtags like #demandaction, #gunsense, and #nowisthetime, are being used on Twitter.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.