Newtown families come to Capitol Hill supporting gun legislation
It's been almost six months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and today some Newtown parents, went to Capitol Hill.
They want to see gun legislation passed that could protect other children.
It's become an all too familiar scene for families from Newtown, Connecticut: the door to door, face to face effort lobbying members of Congress on gun legislation.
Today, it was West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
“Its kind of amazing to think this Friday will be six months,” says Nicole Hockley, mother of one of the victims. “It has been the longest six months in my entire life, but yet the shortest. Time has become so irrelevant.”
Nelba Marquez-Greene clutched a photo of her daughter throughout the meeting.
“Our heart breaks not only for my family but also for the eight families a day that will suffer the loss of a child due to gun violence,” Marquez-Greene says. “I do have hope and I keep that hope very close to me.”
The Newtown families have made many trips to Washington since the shooting, including flying in Air Force One with President Obama to add support for a gun bill requiring background checks for sales online and at shows.
It ended up failing. The bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Manchin, promised it will live again.
“Someone says ‘oh, it might cost you the election,’” Manchin says. “If that's the smallest price I can pay and maybe save someone, then why am I here?”
The Newtown families and friends will be at the Capitol tomorrow, meeting with other lawmakers and forming something called a Ribbon of Remembrance.”