NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The reminders of his loss are ever-present.

Jimmy Greene, whose daughter, Ana, was among 20 children gunned down two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School, can’t help but pass the old school.

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“I look there every day, and honestly, I still am in shock,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “I can’t believe this actually happened to my little girl.”

Ana was 6. Her father, a saxophonist who recently released a CD tribute to his daughter, misses her desperately.

“It feels like a lifetime since the last time I saw her,” he said. “It was two years ago. I can still smell her shampoo in her hair. … It’s hard to know that I’ll never get to hold her again while I’m on this earth. I’ll never get to hear her say ‘Daddy.'”

The gunman, Adam Lanza, shot and killed his mother on Dec. 14, 2012, before driving to the school where he gunned down 26 victims with a semi-automatic rifle before committing suicide.

Through the outpouring of support in the wake of the tragedy, Greene said he’s learned there are many kind, loving people in the world.


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While the uproar over the shooting has subsided, little has been done to restrict guns in the United States.

If you ask Greene, it shouldn’t be that hard.

“We believe that there should be universal background checks for all gun sales,” he said. “We believe that magazine limits should be enacted.”

Greene said his and his wife’s stand on the issue is not about confiscating guns and violating rights; it’s about saving lives.

He said he understands that terminology is important.

“I choose not to use ‘gun control. We choose to use ‘gun responsibility’ and ‘gun safety,'” said Greene, who added that he still has hope that meaningful changes will be made.

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