Gun control advocates optimistic new Congress will act on their agenda

Family members and friends of gun violence victims gathered Thursday to mark the six year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Ana Radelat / Connecticut Mirror) Every year gun control activists from Newtown gather here to condemn congressional inaction on legislation they think will keep Americans safe. This year the mood at the gathering was quite different. There were still tears and emotional stories as family members and friends of victims of gun violence spoke passionately of the need for stricter federal gun laws. But the midterm elections, which wrested control of the U.S. House from the GOP and sent new members who ran on the issue of gun safety to Congress , has infused optimism into a movement that took off after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School six years ago. Effort to boost NRA opponents in Congress notches perfect record in inaugural effort » “This election was more than a referendum, it was a very strong message by the American people,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal , D-Conn, after a press conference Thursday organized by the Newtown Action Alliance to mark the six-year anniversary of the Connecticut school shooting. Blumenthal also said “the momentum really has shifted here.” Rep. Mike Thompson , D-Calif., who heads the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said “clearly this election sent a message.” Buoyed by the election results, gun control advocates are dusting off dozens of bills that have failed to move in […]

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