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Six months after shootings, Sandy Hook families again push for new gun laws

After a discouraging defeat earlier this year, the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims will return to Capitol Hill this week to mark the six month anniversary of the massacre and renew their push for gun legislation. 

Families from the Sandy Hook Promise group will be on the Hill Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with senators -- and with both Republican and Democratic members of the House of Representatives. 

The shooting that killed 20 children and six educators was Dec. 14, 2012. The six-month anniversary comes June 14. 

There's been almost no movement on gun legislation since a compromise to expand background checks failed in the Senate earlier this year. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week that he planned to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to discuss how to move forward.

Organizers are so far keeping the list of family members private, but some of the faces will be familiar to lawmakers. Nicole Hockley, a mother who lost her 6-year-old son Dylan in the Newtown shooting, plans to return for the renewed lobbying effort. 

The organizers say that the families will push for background check legislation, but will also highlight mental health issues, an area where lawmakers in both parties say there is room for compromise.

 

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