Families of young shooting victims support gun control bill

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The issue of gun control has reached a fever pitch across the country, prompted by tragedies like the shootings in Tucson and Newtown, Connecticut.

Last week, lawmakers agreed to a compromise bill that would require background checks for all gun sales at gun shows and online.

It would expand the current, enforceable background check system to gun sales in commercial settings, focusing on private-party gun sales at gun shows, online and through classified ads.There are more than 4,000 gun shows annually in the U.S., and 30 percent of all guns involved in federal gun trafficking investigations are connected to these shows.

The measure is s getting a lot of support from families who have lost someone to gun violence. Those supporters include the families of Christina Taylor Green, who was killed in Tucson, and Victoria Soto, who was killed in Connecticut.

Christina's mother, Roxanna Green, and Victoria Soto's sister, Carlee, joined Scott Pasmore on Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona to talk about the new legislation.

The women represent the movement "Demand Action to End Gun Violence." Christina's mom, Roxanna, says she's hopeful that change is in the near future. "I'm optimistic that the President and Congress are going to do the right thing, finally, and make change that we all so desperately need to save lives in this country," she says.

Roxanna Green says she is a gun owner, and she does believe background checks will save lives. "It's going to change and help and save lives for the future," she says. "This is a great start; a great beginning."

"It's a step in the right direction," agrees Carlee Soto. "More needs to happen."

Both women expect the legislation to pass. But if it doesn't, t ey say they'll continue to fight. "We're not going away," Carlee says. "My sister isn't here to be able to fight for this. I'm here fighting for my sister. It would be a huge devastation for it not to pass."

Christina's mom agrees, and says she will continue her campaign in honor of her daughter. "I will always have a hole in my heart. Nothing can fill that hole," she says. "She was robbed of a beautiful life. She was taken away from our family in a senseless act of terror, of violence, that should have never happened."

For more information on their cause, you can visit the website demandaction.org. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the measure later this week.