Group pushes for background checks on anniversary of Sandy Hook

5:30 PM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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Six months ago, 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. On this anniversary, a Knoxville-area group is pushing legislators to do more to stop gun violence.

A small group joined together Friday to call for increased background checks on gun purchases. The group delivered petitions and letters to the Knoxville offices of senators Alexander and Corker, who were among the 45 senators who blocked a recent vote on background checks.

"I've got three boys. They're 13, five and four months. I'm also a gun owner. I'm a responsible gun owner. The majority of gun owners I know are responsible. However, these guns are getting out there somehow. I don't wanna live in a world where my children are not safe," said Meleena Lamb, a volunteer with Organizing for Action.

Many opponents fear new gun control laws will hurt Second Amendment rights, but a recent survey from Vanderbilt University found more than 80 percent of Tennesseans support mental health checks on all potential gun buyers.

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