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Newtown Parents Frustrated with Gun Debate

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Parents of the Newtown school shooting victims say they’re frustrated with the opposition to gun control proposals prompted by the massacre and are calling on Congress to act.

One parent has even invited the head of the National Rifle Association to her home on Easter weekend to try to reach middle ground. Nelba Marquez-Greene’s 6-year-old daughter Ana was among 20 first-graders and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Neil Heslin was among several parents of children killed in the shootings who joined Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan on Thursday to call on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and other measures.

Heslin says he’s ashamed that Congress “doesn’t have the guts” to pass gun control measures.

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  • pizzathehutt

    It is not a question of guns, it is a question of how do we give these people hope in life. Right now there are people graduating with big debt and no hope for work, nothing to look forward to. There is no “American dream” anymore. Mr Obama is making the country into a “hand out” society. Bigger government means a turn to a communism type country. We need to bring back jobs and true values to our nation. We need to get these kids thinking about their future. Give them something to live for. We all need to stop voting for the hand out party and stop turning this country into a third world nation.