Sandy Hook Families Bring Emotion to Gun Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Families of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting are becoming an emotional advocacy group in the campaign for stricter gun laws.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, Alissa Parker, left, and her husband, Robbie Parker, leave the firehouse staging after receiving word that their six-year-old daughter Emilie was one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Alissa Parker told �CBS This Morning� in an interview that aired Thursday, March 21, 2013, that she wanted to meet with Adam Lanza's father, Peter Lanza, to tell him �something� she needed to get out of her system. It's not clear what that something was. CBS planned to show the rest of the interview with Alissa and Robbie Parker on Friday morning revealing more details about their meeting with Peter Lanza. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Families of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting are becoming an emotional advocacy group in the campaign for stricter gun laws.

A group of Sandy Hook Elementary School families can take credit for shaping legislation that Connecticut's governor signed into law Thursday.

Now they're trying to do the same in Washington.

With gun legislation in jeopardy as Congress returns from spring break, families from Newtown, Conn., plan to spend the coming week on Capitol Hill.

Their goal is to speak to every senator who has yet to express support for the gun legislation, and they want to put a human face on the gun debate.

The White House has invited the families to attend President Barack Obama's speech Monday in Hartford, Conn.

AP-WF-04-06-13 1317GMT


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