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Group Fights for Tougher Gun Control Laws

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It's a message coming all the way from Newtown, Connecticut.
The sister of one of the teachers killed in the Sandy Hook massacre is speaking out in Fargo about the need for tougher gun control laws.


But her message doesn't come with full support.

This is a group traveling across the country urging Senators to support common sense background checks when it comes to guns.

One of the members, 20-year-old Carlee Soto.

"I'm here today supporting common sense gun laws," says Soto.

Her sister, Victoria, a teacher at Sandy Hook elementary was killed during the school shooting on December 14th.

"I can't let my sister be another statistic," says Soto.

She is joined by Bill Badger, who was shot in the head during the Tucson, Arizona shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

"We need universal background checks," says Badger.

But these stories of triumph are heard by those who still don't agree with the overall message.

"The legislation they are proposing is not going to stop someone from buying the guns illegally," says Tom Hanson of Fargo.

Opposers of the bill say it's not the answer when it comes to stopping gun violence.

"If we all felt that the new laws would stop these shootings from happening then we'd all say yes. We'd support it but it's not going to," says Hanson.

But for Badger and Carlee Soto, they are positive background checks are key to saving even one life.

"I can't let what happen to my sister happen to some one else," says Soto.

The rally was part of a 25-state national bus tour which will take part over 10 days aimed at urging America's leaders to support common sense gun policies.

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