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Newtown Activists Again Lobby Congress on Guns
Activists from the Connecticut town where 26 people were gunned down in a mass shooting are headed to Washington to again lobby for gun control.
NEWTOWN, CT- Activists from the Connecticut town where 26 people were gunned down in a mass shooting are headed to Washington to again lobby for gun control. The trip takes on new urgency in the wake of Monday's rampage in the capital.
About 50 members of the Newtown Action Alliance left for Washington on Tuesday. The group will ask Congress to require background checks for gun buyers.
Twenty children and six educators were killed at a Newtown school in December, and the massacre renewed momentum for tighter restrictions on guns. Federal legislation ultimately failed.
The group's founder tells the Hearst Connecticut Media Group that the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard bring back "terrible feelings."
Several parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown lobbied Congress earlier this year.