(KMOV.com) -- Political and religious leaders, as well as emergency room doctors, spoke about background checks and outlawing large-capacity ammunication clips at an anti-gun rally at Kiener Plaza on Saturday.
The rally was organized by "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," a grassroots organization founded after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Supporters of gun rights stood next to anti-gun ralliers at the event, which featured appearances by Mayor Franics Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson.
"This is not about infringing on the Second Amendment," Slay said. "The Second Amendment is not inconsistent with reasonable laws to keep guns out of the hands of criminals."
Melissa Brooks, a member of "Moms Demand Action," said the organization has grown to 80 chapters, with more than 80,000 members nationwide. Brooks said the St. Louis chapter includes more than 300 members.
"We demand common-sense gun regulation, and we will no longer be bullied by anyone into thinking that we have no voice, say or power when it comes to the safety of our own children in our own country," Brooks said.
A CBS News poll released this week shows weakening public support for stricter gun laws. The poll registered 57 percent in support of these restrictions after the Newtown shooting, and 47 percent today.
A handful of pro-gun activists stood with signs reading "Guns Save Lives" and "What part of '...shall not be infringed.' do you not understand?"