After 17 people lost their lives in this week's Florida high-school mass shooting, demonstrators took to Anchorage streets Saturday to protest current national gun laws.

About a dozen people affiliated with Moms Demand Action gathered at the Seward Highway and Northern Lights Boulevard, holding signs and taking a stand against the tactical, large-magazine guns they say have contributed to Wednesday's deaths and those in other mass shootings across the nation.

"Our children and our people are being slaughtered by assault weapons," said demonstrator Dana Dardis. "We've got to do something about this because we are all connected. This isn't happening in any other country other than the United States."

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. has underscored how people are affected by gun violence every day. Locals have said arrested suspect Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of the school, had a history of mental health issues and other warning signs before he opened fire at the school with an AR-15 rifle.

"Every country has mental illness," Dardis said. "Every country has a toxic masculinity. What they don't have is the availability of assault weapons to the public. This a real problem in the United States and we have to change this -- they are killing our children."

Demonstrators called out politicians, saying they "have blood on their hands" for not doing a job they are suppose to be doing. The demonstrators want assault weapons taken out of the public's hands with new gun regulations.

For more information on Moms Demand Action is available at its website.

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