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Gun safety group meets in Vegas to discuss gun control

Reported by: Venise Toussaint

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 4/17 7:09 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama vowed to tighten the country's gun laws, but so far, the president hasn't been able to accomplish that goal.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a new group demanding stricter gun control. The coalition gathered today in Las Vegas to launch a program called “Everytown for Gun Safety.”

National headlines are hauntingly familiar; just this week, three people were killed in a Kansas City Jewish Center.

Kansas City joins communities like Tucson, Aurora and Newtown in our memories.

"She heard noise and she kind of froze and said 'what's that' and turned and whispered and said 'oh my god was that gunshots?'" said Erica Lafferty of her mother, was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.

Erica Lafferty's mother, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary. On that day, 20 of her students and five of her staff were also murdered.

“No one was going to fire off one shot in that school without going through my mom first,” Erica Lafferty said. “She was not going to let any of her staff or hurt her kids. They were her life.”

Erica is now part of the movement “Everytown for Gun Safety,” working to end gun violence.

Just last year, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have strengthened gun control laws by requiring background checks.

The governor's argument was that the bill amounts to an erosion of constitutional rights.

"This is not an infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights; it's common sense," said former National Rifle Association member Bob Cavazos.

This hits close to home for Tehran Boldon, the brother of a taxi cab driver who died in a fiery crash after a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in February 2013.

“They talk about healing but I can't feel healed,” Bolden said. “The culture of gun violence in America is what killed my brother.”

Tehran and Erica Lafferty are just a few of the 1.5 million that are trying to change the gun debate even when tragedy hasn’t.

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