WASHINGTON – Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting in July 2012, recounted Wednesday that it was not until the Connecticut school massacre five months later that she and her husband decided to advocate for stricter gun safety laws.
She and other families of shooting victims were scheduled to return to Washington this week, some arriving Monday just as news of another mass shooting spread, this one not far from the Capitol.
To those who predict that this tragedy, which claimed 12 more victims, will do little to advance gun legislation in
"There is no perfect policy that would prevent every tragic shooting. But make no mistake, we are here today to finish the job," Phillips said at a news conference Wednesday.
Members of Congress who joined them made a similar case. Sen.
"If you've got a better idea, damn it, show it to us!" he urged.
Gun safety legislation, though, appears unlikely to return to the congressional agenda soon. Senate Majority Leader
"What will change things here in Congress? Does it have to be 40 people dying in a massacre? Does it have to be 50? Does it have to be 60? How many people have to lose their lives before we realize we have an obligation to stop this?"