(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — A nationwide bus tour is launching in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, six months to the day after the school shooting rampage there that left 26 people dead.
The “No More Names: The National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” tour is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that includes more than 950 mayors from across the country. It will make stops in 25 states in an effort to convince senators to reconsider the background check bill they failed to pass this spring.
“Senators have heard a lot about this when they go home for the weekend and when they go home for recess, from constituents who are still paying attention to this subject, six months after it happened, and still concerned about whether their kids are safe — and I don’t think that’s gonna let up any time soon and that’s part of what this tour’s about,” says Mark Glaze, the executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, claimed the lives of 20 kids and six educators, sparking a debate on gun control.
Erica Lafferty, who lost her mother, Sandy Hook school principal Dawn Hochsprung, in the rampage, says she felt “disgusted” when senators refused to approved the background check bill on April 17.
“That feeling is not going to go away for me until there is a common-sense legislation that is passed,” she says.
Glaze says, “The single biggest thing you could do to reduce gun violence in our country that would do no damage to the Second Amendment is to make sure that most sales in this country are subject to a background check requirement.”
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