BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- On a snowy Saturday, dozens gathered in Boston to pay tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Newtown, Conn.
Bells at the First Church in Boston tolled 26 times in remembrance of the 20 children and six adults killed on Dec. 14, 2012. From politicians to parents to children, more than 100 people from nearly three dozen organizations filled the church.
"I just think our kids deserve better than that and we shouldn't have to fear sending our kids to school, somewhere they should be safe," Ann Krantz.
U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas said that the thoughts and prayers of Massachusetts are with the Newtown families as the nation continues to come to grips with the tragedy.
Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh addressed staggering violence statistics.
"To really see 12,000 people have died with gun violence since Newtown last year really is an alarming number," said Walsh.
Current Mayor Tom Menino said he is outraged the tragedy has failed to push political leaders in Washington, DC, to introduce "common sense reform" to gun laws.
Menino says national elected officials should work behalf of the people they are supposed to serve and that the time to take the loopholes out of gun laws and automatic weapons out of neighborhoods has long since passed.
Full Statement from Mayor Menino:
Today we remember the 20 children and six adults whose lives were cut tragically short one year ago in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty innocent children who will never attend a prom, never step foot on a college campus, never have a family of their own.
Three hundred and sixty five days have passed, yet our leaders in Washington have been unable to bring common sense reform to our nation's gun laws.
As a parent and grandparent, and as a mayor who has seen too many lives forever changed by gun violence, I have never before been so outraged by the inability of our nation's elected officials to work on behalf of the people they serve. The time to take the loopholes out of our gun laws and the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods has long since passed.
Today, I stand with the millions of Americans who will, for a moment, be silent as they remember the 26 lives taken one year ago today. Then, I will continue to stand with the millions of Americans who renew the call for our leaders in Washington to take action. We must not give up the fight for common sense gun legislation. The last thing America needs today is silence.
© 2016 Cox Media Group.