Gun control advocates mark 6 months since shooting

Gun control
Posted at 8:05 AM, Jun 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-10 04:25:49-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after a gunman took the lives of their loved ones, some families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims are heading to Capitol Hill this week to remind lawmakers they are painfully waiting for action.

The lobbying visit Tuesday and Wednesday is one of several observances gun control proponents are planning for this week's half-year anniversary of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Despite Senate rejection over protecting gun rights, the Sandy Hook families and other activists are trying to keep pressure on lawmakers to expand background purchases for firearm sales.

Gun control advocates also are anticipating further action from President Barack Obama. He says even if he can't get Congress to tighten gun laws, he'll do what he can to stem gun violence.