Newtown Families Push for Gun Control in Washington, D.C.

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    Newton families were back on Capitol Hill asking lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    Newtown families headed back to Capitol Hill today to push for tougher gun laws.

    They made the trek following the nine-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and just days after the massacre at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

    Carlos Soto, the brother of Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings, says he still hopes Congress will take action.

    "I come down here because I don't want another families to go through what I'm going through right now," Soto said. "It still doesn't feel real and that's why I come down here."

    The families spent the day lobbying gunmakers with others around the country who have been touched by gun violence.

    Right now it doesn't appear that the Senate or House will take up a bill this year.

    Gun rights advocates argue that there are plenty of laws already on the books and new ones only punish law-abiding citizens.

    Still, Connecticut's congressional delegation continues to press the issue.

    "There is a building momentum, a new majority, a bipartisan coalition, that will say no to the new normal of gun violence," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

    Gun-control advocates are celebrating a small victory today after the CEO of coffee giant Starbucks published an open letter asking gun owners to leave their weapons at home.

    But the fight continues for families affected by gun violence.