Daughter of Sandy Hook Principal Will Fight For Gun Regulation
Erica Lafferty, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s late principal Dawn Hochsprung, says she won’t give up the fight to get regulations in place that would prevent another mass shooting tragedy.
Speaking on a phone conference with officials from Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Wednesday, Lafferty called upon congress to take action now, rather than wait for another Aurora, Oak Creek, or Newtown.
“I’m not going to give up until something happens to reduce that number of 33 people a day that are murdered with a gun,” Lafferty said.
“33 families a day should not have to live with the feeling that I feel every single second of every single day.”
Lafferty has been involved in the fight for stronger gun legislation over the last few months, meeting with Senators after legislation proposing universal background checks was rejected by the Senate in April. Lafferty also attended the NRA Conference in May.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, co-chaired by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, plans to hold a national bus drive to reduce gun violence in the near future. The organization says the tour would stop in 24 locations across the United States, trying to persuade senators to vote for legislation supporting stronger gun regulations.
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his gun control campaign by asking donors not to support four Democratic senators who opposed a bill to expand background checks.
Bloomberg’s letter to about 1,100 New York City residents comes as a mayor’s group that Bloomberg co-founded plans a national bus tour to put pressure on senators who voted against the proposed legislation in April to change their minds.
The tour leaves Friday from Newtown, where a gunman six months ago killed 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school.
Erica Lafferty, whose mother was the principal of the school and was among those killed, vowed to keep up the pressure as well Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.