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Newtown marks six month anniversary of massacre

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:43

June 14 - Relatives and friends of victims of the Newtown school shooting held an anti-gun violence rally to mark six months since the massacre. Deborah Gembara reports.

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(Sound of bells) Church bells tolled at the precise moment six months ago when a gunman embarked on a shooting rampage at a Newtown Connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them children. Under a gray sky, relatives and friends of the victims marked the occassion with an anti-gun violence rally. Teresa Rousseau's daughter Lauren was one of the victims remembered during a moment of silence. SOUNDBITE: TERESA ROUSSEAU, MOTHER OF SANDY HOOK SHOOTING VICTIM LAUREN ROUSSEAU, SAYING: "When this first happened, you just didn't know how you were going to go on. But somehow the memories of our children have given us a lot of strength." The massacre prompted the White House to launch a major push for gun control legislation. Six months later, however, little has changed. Efforts pushed by President Obama have met with resistance from Republicans and a fierce gun lobby. Despite this , Newtown resident Monte Frank says he remains hopeful. "I'm very encouraged with the progress we've made. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Before the horrible events happened here, gun safety legislation was the third rail of American politics. Since then, we've received the majority of the votes in the Senate on major bills, but for the ridiculous filibuster rules, we would have a safer society now," Many here say they hope to revive the push for more gun control, including more expansive background checks, which is favored by most Americans.

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Newtown marks six month anniversary of massacre

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:43