Communities shaping the 2016 election

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The candidates may be the public faces of the presidential race -- but countless other Americans will play a role in shaping the election results both whether by active advocacy or through the ballot box on Election Day.

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Here's a quick look at a few of those important groups:

Pro-life activists
Given the huge amount of Republican candidates running for president, conservative anti-abortion groups such as Americans United for Life and American Life League have been thrust into the spotlight -- especially given the recent focus on Planned Parenthood and attempts to defund it.

Photos of pro-life groups at recent protests and rallies:

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activist sign is held aloft during a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waits to speak at a mid-day rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in support of defunding Planned Parenthood. During the rally, Sen. Paul announced a commitment from Senate leadership for a vote on his legislation to defund Planned Parenthood prior to the August recess. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at a mid-day rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in support of defunding Planned Parenthood. During the rally, Sen. Paul announced a commitment from Senate leadership for a vote on his legislation to defund Planned Parenthood prior to the August recess. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at a anti-abortion rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Planned Parenthood faces mounting criticism amid the release of videos by a pro-life group and demands to vote in the Senate to stop funding. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Anti-abortion rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Planned Parenthood faces mounting criticism amid the release of videos by a pro-life group and demands to vote in the Senate to stop funding. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo shows people looking on during a rally at Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City, organized in support of Gov. Gary Herbert's recent decision to remove the state from federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Utah’s decision to stop disbursing federal money to Planned Parenthood won’t threaten women’s access to health care, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Anti-abortion protesters march by the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, during the annual March for Life rally and march. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rosie Mami, center, and her sister Ayleana Mami, 19, of Cullman, Alabama, right, sit on their friends' shoulders as they lead a chant about loving babies, with other members of St. Bernard Prep, as anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Pro-abortion and anti-abortion protestors rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the March for Life. Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion, with a signal of support from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Anti-abortion demonstrators put their hands to their hearts as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance as they rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2013 file photo, pro-abortion rights activists, rally face-to-face against anti-abortion demonstrators as both march in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in a demonstration that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion. The Supreme Court declines for now to jump back into the abortion wars, but a variety of new abortion restrictions in several states could eventually win high court review. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Anti-abortion demonstrators march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, for a rally to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Demonstrators attend an anti-abortion rally of several thousand Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more legislation chipping away at the abortion rights the U.S. Supreme Court decision seemed to guarantee. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Anti-abortion activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, during a rally against Roe v. Wade on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Anti-abortion activists gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, during a rally against Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Rebecca Purdy, right, of Philadelphia join anti-abortion activists as they march in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, near the U.S. Capitol, background, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, during a rally against Roe v. Wade on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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#BlackLivesMatter
Since it rose to national prominence following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a powerful force. The group advocates against police brutality and aims to alleviate racial tensions and what they see as disproportionate violence against the black community.

See #BlackLivesMatter supporters in action:
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An activist stages a "die-in" outside the New York Police Department Times Square precinct, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in New York. The demonstration was to call attention to the mass incarceration and police terror of African Americans and to raise awareness of the mass nationwide mobilization during #RiseUpOctober. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Two protestors lay motionless on the pavement outside of Brooklyn's Barclays Center, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Sunday, Aug 9, 2015, in New York. Demonstrators maintained their silence for a few moments before rising and joining others, including some marching from the Barclays Center arena into Manhattan for another rally later in the day. Among those marching were a dozen people carrying a giant banner reading, "Black Lives Matter." (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
FILE - This June 25, 2015, file photo shows the words “Black Lives Matter” spray painted on a monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va. Confederate monuments in a half-dozen places this week have been defaced _ a telling sign of the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Hugo Diaz wears a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter" as he sits in front of a poster of photos of people who have been shot by law enforcement officers while he takes part in a protest against recent shootings of unarmed civilians by police, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in downtown Seattle. The protest was one of several taking place in other cities in the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami. People are protesting nationwide against recent decisions not to prosecute white police officers involved in the killing of black men. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Protestors hold up signs while chanting "Black Lives Matter" during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo., in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: A makeshift memorial for Michael Brown Jr. is seen on September 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. 2016 Presidential Candidate Ben Carson is expected visit to the Ferguson area. Dr. Carson recently became under scrutiny after publishing an article criticizing the 'Black Lives Matter' movement in their quest against injustice and police brutality. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: People hold banners reading 'Black Lives Matter' during a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown at Union Square in New York, NY on August 09, 2015. Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and his death set off nationwide protest against police brutality. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 27 - Demonstrators chant 'black lives matter' during a Black Lives Matter protest that marched from Gilbert Avenue to Allen Road on Eglinton Avenue. The protest shut down the southbound Allen Road for around 30 minutes, causing traffic to reverse and exit through Lawrence Avenue. (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
A protest sign showing and image of Ezell Ford as members of the 'Black Lives Matter' alliance stage protest outside the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's home as they try to force him to fire LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2015. The alliance have renewed protests after a recent report from an LAPD watchdog determined that the August 11, 2014 officer-involved shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford in South Central was justified. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 03: A detail view of a man's shirt that reads 'Black Lives Matter' in front of City Hall two days after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for a statewide 'Day of Prayer and Peace' on Sunday. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 25: T-shirts stating 'Black Lives Matter' are on sale for $10 each outside City Hall before a protest in honor of Freddie Gray April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A man wears a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt as he demonstrates along with the group Justice League NYC and others participate in a March2Justice rally for criminal justice reform legislation to end racial profiling and demilitarize police forces outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 21, 2015. Some members of the group spent a week traveling from New York City to Washington, ending with a protest rally on the National Mall. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - APRIL 16: Black lives matter protest on the steps at Portland City Hall Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 10: A tee shirt reading 'Stop Killing Us', and 'Black Lives Matter' are seen on a fence near the spot where Walter Scott was killed on April 4th by a North Charleston police officer on April 10, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Scott was killed by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop and the officer now faces murder charges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: Protestors march in silence during a Black Lives Matter protest in Saint Louis, USA on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
'Black Lives Matter' is drawn on the ground in chalk as protesters demonstrate against racism in the 'Reclaim MLK' march January 19, 2015 in outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri. Critics of police treatment of minority residents in the US took part in various demonstrations across the country coinciding with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the influential American civil rights leader's birthday. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/01/19: Black lives matter is the message that the protesters want to bring out. Hundreds of protesters in Harlem during Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstration gathered at Malcolm X Blvd. and Central Park North for a 'Dream4Justice' march to the United Nations, filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan and staged a die-in at Grand Central Terminal. (Photo by Geovien So/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/01/19: A protester wears a 'Black Lives Matter' jumper in Grand Central Station. Hundreds of protesters in Harlem during Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstration gathered at Malcolm X Blvd. and Central Park North for a 'Dream4Justice' march to the United Nations, filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan and staged a die-in at Grand Central Terminal. (Photo by Geovien So/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 20: Thousands of protesters from the group 'Black Lives Matter' disrupt holiday shoppers on December 20, 2014 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BOSTON - DECEMBER 16: Boston High School Student Jamile Paulino was part of a Black Lives Matter protest in response to recent jury decisions. She was at gathering near Dudley Square. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - DECEMBER 13: Thousands of protestors marched through the streets of Boston as part of the Black Lives Matter protest to bring attention to black justice and the recent police killings of blacks. Protestor Brian Miller throws his arms up in front of a line of State Troopers on Nashua Street. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Ashley Thompson chanted 'Black lives matter' while joining demonstrators who gathered in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Penn State student Zaniya Joe wears a piece of tape over her mouth that says 'Black Lives Matter' during a Ferguson protest organized by a group of Penn State University students on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in University Park, Pa. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS via Getty Images)
A group of Penn State University students organized a protest in reaction to the events in Ferguson on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in University Park, Pa. The students dressed in black and laid on the floor of the HUB building for 45 minutes, many wearing signs that said 'Black Lives Matter.' (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS via Getty Images)
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Immigration activists:
Immigration is one of the hot-button issues of the 2016 race. Almost all candidates admit the current U.S. immigration system is broken, but many disagree on how to fix it. On September 15, a group of immigration activists began the "We Belong Together" campaign -- a 100-mile march to protest immigrant detentions nationwide that have torn apart migrant families.

See the "We Belong Together" campaign and other immigration activists:
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YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, march from the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Catholic priest Jonathan Sawicki leads a prayer for immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, arrive for a protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, pray in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Catholic priest Jonathan Sawicki leads a prayer for immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, pray in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, arrive to protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, march from the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, protest in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Demonstrators with the groups Amnesty International and We Belong Together protest in favor of keeping unaccompanied children who entered the US illegally in the country instead of deporting them to their home countries during a rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington DC July 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators with the groups Amnesty International and We Belong Together protest in favor of keeping unaccompanied children who entered the US illegally in the country instead of deporting them to their home countries during a rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington DC July 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
YORK, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Immigration reform activists, including family members of detained undocumented immigrants, demonstrate in front of the York County Dentention Center on September 15, 2015 in York, Pennsylvania. One hundred women kicked off a week-long 100-mile march from the detention center to Washington D.C. ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. The march is part of the We Belong Together campaign to stop immigrant detentions nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Gun control supporters:
The fight over gun laws has reached a fever pitch in recent years after a series of high-profile mass shootings. Both gun rights and control activists have joined the debate -- each with different arguments over how the gun violence problem should be solved.

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 10: Yvonne Crasso, holds a picture of her sister Nina Michele Bradley, who was killed by a gun at age 23 in 2012, during a rally on the East Front lawn of the Capitol to demand that Congress take action on gun control legislation, September 10, 2015. Ashley Cech, whose mother Yvonne Cech, a librarian, survived the Sandy Hook shootings, appears with Crasso. The event, titled #Whateverittakes Day of Action, was hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and featured speeches by political leaders and families of gun violence victims. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, USA - JANUARY 4: A group of people demonstrate in front of the White House for greater gun control to help curb gun violence in Washington, USA on January 4, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Natasha Christopher, center, holds up a photo of her son Akeal Christopher, who was 14 years old when he was shot in the back of the head and killed while walking home in Brooklyn, New York, during a press conference, on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The conference featured supporters of gun control and family members of gun violence victims. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Miyoshia Bailey cries as she describes how her only son, Cortez Bailey, 23, was shot to death in Chicago, Illinois, during a press conference, on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The conference featured supporters of gun control and family members of gun violence victims. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
Amy Schumer reacts as her distant cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, watches during a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The Schumers are teaming up to try and enact gun control regulations. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Amanda Wilcox, a member of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, shows a photo of her daughter, Laura, who was killed in a shooting at a mental health clinic in 2001, following a hearing on gun violence held in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Wilcox joined a panel that included law enforcement officials, an Arizona gun show dealer, a California gun club owner and other gun control advocates put together by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, chairman of the House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A volunteer sits by a campaign sign stating support of gun control before an event by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Broward College in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) (L) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are joined by Newtown Action Alliance Vice Chairman David Stowe (R) to announce the re-introduction of legislation that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines at the U.S. Capitol February 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. Citing the 2012 mass shooting of children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, Democratic members of the House and Senate joined the Connecticut delegation to support and emphasize the need for the proposed law. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Andy Parker, father of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, speaks at a rally against gun violence, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Demonstrators march over the Brooklyn bridge during the third annual Brooklyn bridge march and rally to end gun violence Saturday, May 9, 2015, in New York. Organizers said the proliferation of guns results in an average of more than 80 deaths a day across the country. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
FILE - In this April 18, 2013 file photo, community gun safety advocates and members of the public hold signs during a rally and vigil to honor victims of gun violence, sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire, on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, in Denver. When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July of 2012, killing 12, it helped revive the national debate over gun control. But, as the trial of theater shooter James Holmes is scheduled to begin Monday, April 27, 2015, Colorado’s gun debate has quieted down. “It’s in a sort of gridlock,” said nonpartisan Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)
People calling for gun control demonstrate on a street a few blocks away from the site of the National Rifle Association convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, left, listens from the audience before speaking in support of Initiative 594, a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Seattle. Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, spoke as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control. She appeared at a panel discussion on reducing gun violence against women and organizers said the focus is on background checks for gun buyers. Gifford's nine-state tour started more than a week ago in Maine where she advocated tougher laws to protect women from stalkers and domestic violence. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Actress Amanda Peet, left, holds her daughter alongside fellow actor Adam Scott, center, and relatives of gun violence victims at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York. The protest was underwritten by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most visible gun control advocates in the U.S., and included relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Hundreds of demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York. The protest was underwritten by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most visible gun control advocates in the U.S., and included relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Supporters of a new gun rights bill hold signs prior to a hearing on gun rights laws at the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Supporters and opponents of tighter gun control measures gathered at the Statehouse for a public hearing on a wide-ranging gun bill. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
MaryAnn McHugh, of Nashua, left, talks with state Rep. Hank Parkhurst, D-Winchester, as she lobbies for gun control at the entrance of Represetatives Hall at the Statehouse Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Concord, N.H. The House is considering legislation to expand New Hampshire's background checks for gun sales and transfers to include gun shows. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 photo, gun-control advocates rally against gun violence in front of the state Capitol, in Denver. Gun-control supporters who gathered at the Colorado Capitol on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 asked the Democratic state Legislature Monday not to revisit last session's gun-control package, which included expanded background checks and a limit on ammunition magazines. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Petitions for Initiative 594 are counted at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales in Washington state turned in more than 250,000 signatures for the initiative, the first batch of petitions they plan to submit before a January deadline to qualify it to the Legislature. The plan would require background checks for online sales and private transactions of guns. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Carl Brooks of West Orange, N.J., who lost his nephew and brother-in-law in gun violence attends a rally on gun control Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter speaks during a demonstration Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The event was held in support of legislation HR 1565 to expand background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Recent gun rights demonstrations:
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ROMULUS, MI - APRIL 27: A supporter of Michigan's Open Carry law attends a rally and march April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan. The march was held to attempt to demonstrate to the general public what the typical open carrier is like. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 19: Pat Tillison joins gun rights groups who gathered at Gravelly Point across the Potomac River from the nation's capital for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The groups gathered in a National Park area to publicly carry weapons as a demonstration of their constitutional rights to bear arms. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 19: Gun rights groups gather at Fort Hunt Park for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19, 2010 in Alexandria, Virginia. The groups gathered in a National Park area to publicly carry weapons as a demonstration of their constitutional rights to bear arms. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 19: Gun rights groups gather at Gravelly Point across the Potomac River from the nation's capital for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The groups gathered in a National Park area to publicly carry weapons as a demonstration of their constitutional rights to bear arms. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 19: Gun rights groups gather at Fort Hunt Park for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19, 2010 in Alexandria, Virginia. The groups gathered in a National Park area to publicly carry weapons as a demonstration of their constitutional rights to bear arms. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 19: Gun rights groups gather at Gravelly Point across the Potomac River from the nation's capital for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The groups gathered in a National Park area to publicly carry weapons as a demonstration of their constitutional rights to bear arms. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
ROMULUS, MI - APRIL 27: A supporter of Michigan's Open Carry law attends a rally and march April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan. The march was held to attempt to demonstrate to the general public what the typical open carrier is like. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
ROMULUS, MI - APRIL 27: Gloria Lincoln-Thompson of Garden City, Michigan carries her Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm pistol in her belt while participating in a rally and march supporting Michigan's Open Carry law April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan. The march was held to attempt to demonstrate to the general public what the typical open carrier is like. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
ROMULUS, MI - APRIL 27: Supporters of Michigan's Open Carry law hold a rally and march April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan. The march was held to attempt to demonstrate to the general public what the typical open carrier is like. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Staff photo by Derek Davis: A pro-gun demonstrator who did not want to be identified stands in a park at Back Cove in Portland during an open-carry gathering at Back Cove in Portland to publicize the right to carry unconcealed weapons. Photographed on Sunday, April 25, 2010. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
A demonstrator helps hold a large "Come and Take It" banner at a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Activist with the organization Open Carry Tarrant County, wave a Don't Tread On Me and Texas flag, as they demonstrate at a busy road intersection, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Kory Watkins, front, coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County carries his Romanian AK 47 over his shoulder as he and his wife Janie, rear, along with others gather for a demonstration, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tara Cowan of Euless, Texas, a member of Open Carry Tarrant County, poses for a portrait with a Saiga 556 rifle as she and members of the group Open Carry Tarrant County gathered for a demonstration, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Kory Watkins, coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County poses for a portrait holding his Romanian AK 47, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Unemployed and homeless people line up for a free meal and new shoes during a Good Friday event in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 2015. After a year of pumping up their payrolls, US employers sharply cut back hiring in March, in a fresh sign of a slowdown in the world's leading economy. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., speaks during a news conference outside of the Capitol on how women and families are impacted without unemployment insurance on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 04: A help wanted sign is seen in the window of the Unika store on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August jobs report that shows that the economy created just 173,000 new jobs last month. But the unemployment rate dipped to 5.1%, the lowest since April 2008, (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
An 'Uplift Your Career' sign is displayed as a job seeker speaks with potential employers during a HireLive job fair in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week remained historically low. The subdued level of firings has been accompanied by falling unemployment and steady job gains, signs the labor market continues to heal in its seventh year of recovery. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 02: Pedestrians walk by a 'now hiring' sign at a KFC restaurant on July 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by the U.S. Labor Department, employers added 223,000 jobs in June dropping the national unemployment rate to 5.3 percent, the lowest level since April 2008. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 04: A job seeker fills out registration forms before entering a HireLive career fair on June 4, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by payroll processor ADP, 201,000 jobs were added by businesses in May. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 04: A job seeker shakes hands with a recruiter during a HireLive career fair on June 4, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by payroll processor ADP, 201,000 jobs were added by businesses in May. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A man walks with a load of plastic bottle and soda cans he collected from subway stations in New York on May 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Job seekers sit in a waiting area at the Choice Career Fair in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fewer than 300,000 American workers filed applications for unemployment benefits for the sixth consecutive week, pointing to labor-market strength even as hiring cooled last month. Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Job seekers speak with recruiters during a career fair at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, April 3, 2015. Employers in March added the fewest workers since December 2013 and the jobless rate held at 5.5 percent as companies sought to bring U.S. headcounts in line with an economy that throttled back at the start of the year. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Unemployed and homeless people line up for a free meal and new shoes during a Good Friday event in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 2015. After a year of pumping up their payrolls, US employers sharply cut back hiring in March, in a fresh sign of a slowdown in the world's leading economy. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, TX - MARCH 27: Misty Archibeque takes care of her quintuplets as her husband Adam, who was let go from a downsizing oil field operator, concentrates on searcing for work on March 27, 2015 in Portland, Texas. Archibeque and his wife Misty recently had quintuplets, making his current unemployment even more costly.Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a sustained downturn in prices. Crude oil prices today are almost 60 percent lower than they were six months ago.While the Texan economy has become more diversified over the years, oil is still the states largest monetary generator and any sustained downturn would be devastating for employment and the economy. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas this month said a drop in oil prices have been responsible for 39,621 job cuts in the first two months of the year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Homeless men and women wait to get food and shelter at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission in Reno, Nevada, U.S., on Friday, March 20, 2015. Reno, a town that built an economy on quickie divorces, is mapping out the second act of its American life. As unemployment dropped by 1.5 percentage points the city has attracted tech companies such as Bay Area-based Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: A New York Labor Department office is viewed in Manhattan on March 6, 2015 in New York City. Beating expectations, the Labor Department reported on Friday that employers added 295,000 workers in February. The robust numbers brought the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent, its lowest since mid-2008. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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