NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Activists from Newtown, Conn. where 26 people were fatally shot last December headed to Washington to again lobby for gun control, a day after 12 people were killed in a shooting 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.
David Ackert, the group’s founder, told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group that the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday bring back “terrible feelings.”
“We know what the families are going through,” Ackert said. “It exacerbates the reason we’re going, and we’re determined to get the politicians to stop looking the other way, now that it’s come to their doorstep.”