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Shooting victims' family members launch national drive to reduce gun violence


New Orleans, LA -- Six months after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, parents of the Newtown victims are launching a national drive to reduce gun violence."

Today, the bus tour stopped at Duncan Plaza in Downtown, New Orleans.

In the pouring rain, one by one, family members of gun violence told their story.

"My 14-year-old son was murdered in the streets," says Cinthia Finch.

Then Neil Heslin told his story.

"My son Jesse was killed in December and it was a senseless murder," says Heslin.

Six year old Jesse Lewis was one of the victims killed in the Newtown shooting.

On Saturday, the victims' families are launching the "No More Names," national drive to reduce gun violence bus tour.

Over the next 100 days, the tour will travel to 25 states to urge lawmakers to push for tougher laws and background checks to stop the epidemic of gun violence.

"Since then there's been over 6,000 deaths to gun violence, 33 or 35 deaths a day and it's shocking because of the number of deaths that occur because of gun violence," says Heslin.

But Jason Gregory of Gretna Gunworks says tougher laws have been in place for more than 20 years.

Gregory adds that Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

"It is a second amendment right to have a gun. Every one of these guys from Columbine on down, they were all on psychopathic drugs so there were mental health issues," says Gregory.

Gun rights advocates say the judges should be held more responsible for allowing criminals with a lengthy criminal history to get out of jail.

"A guy shoots people at mother's day whose already had a felony conviction for heroin with a stolen gun any amount of gun control is going to stop that. Any background check you know who never says anything is the judges, they let these guys out, why do they let them out. That's part of the problem. It's a multi faceted problem. It's not the gun, it's the people," says Gregory.

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