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Apr 6, 2013 12:22 PM by Eric Ross

Sandy Hook families bring emotion to gun debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Families of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting are becoming an emotional advocacy group in the campaign for stricter gun laws.

A group of Sandy Hook Elementary School families can take credit for shaping legislation that Connecticut's governor signed into law Thursday.

Now they're trying to do the same in Washington.

With gun legislation in jeopardy as Congress returns from spring break, families from Newtown, Conn., plan to spend the coming week on Capitol Hill.

Their goal is to speak to every senator who has yet to express support for the gun legislation, and they want to put a human face on the gun debate.

The White House has invited the families to attend President Barack Obama's speech Monday in Hartford, Conn.

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