ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - As the nation prepares to recognize the Sandy Hook shooting anniversary this weekend, hundreds will gather in Washington, DC to remember victims of gun violence.
Among those in attendance will be Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman, a strong supporter of gun control legislation.
Ever since the Columbine High School shooting, Newman has been passionate about preventing gun violence. Recently, she’s worked with activitists in Newtown, Connecticut on universal background checks.
Newman spent Wednesday afternoon traveling to Washington for the National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, eager to meet those who share her passion for gun control.
Since 20 first graders and six brave teachers were tragically killed in the Newtown shooting, Newman finds it disappointing that the tragedy hasn’t led to any new federal legislation. Instead, more than 30,000 Americans have been shot to death within the past year. That’s why the state legislator has been tirelessly working to make a difference.
On the state level, she’s sponsored background check legislation, and will continue to do so. Newman explains, “I’m working with legislators in about 20 different states who have filed this in the past; we’re going to do it once again. Background checks, you know, 90% of Missourians actually are in favor of universal background checks for all gun sales. That’s gun owners, NRA members; it’s a common sense policy that we want passed, not just in the states, but on the congressional level, too.”
On Wednesday, busloads of people from Newtown headed to Washington in the hopes that the Sandy Hook tragedy, and countless others, won’t just be mourned, but will lead to action.