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Victims father, Newtown Parents React to Search Warrants and Gun Debate


NEWTOWN, Conn. (WGGB) – Those who have been most affected by Thursday’s release of the search warrants are the families of the 20 children and six adults that were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

“He was a light in our home in the community,” said Mark Barden.

One of those victims was 7-year-old Daniel Barden.

His father, Mark, says he and other families learned of the details of the warrants Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s public release

Barden says that he supports the dialogue over gun control because he wants something proactive to come out of what happened.

He adds that these days are getting as hard as they can be.

“Just lately, it seems to be getting really hard because I think the shock is wearing off and reality is starting to seep in a little bit. It’s really hard. It’s hard to get out of bed. Everything is harder. Making lunches for my kids is harder, everything is harder,” Barden notes.

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Barden would like to see gun legislation include a ban on high-capacity magazines and the ones that are already out there, he would like to see confiscated from those hands they should not be in.

People in Newtown were also rallying Thursday both for and against gun.

“I think law abiding citizens are gonna be the ones paying for this, criminals are still gonna get guns no matter what,” said Jill Peterson, Newtown resident.

“I just feel like if the country, the government can not ban these assult weapons that we might as well put a big bow on them and hand them to the future mass shooters,” said Melissa Hroan, Newtown resident.

Barden has this message to people around the nation and here in Western Massachusetts: “I know the viewers want to do something so I’m going to ask the viewers to look into your hearts, to make the calls, call the congressmen, call the senators, call your lawmakers please. Ask them to do the right thing so we can evolve and save lives.”

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