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City Lawmakers Renew Call For Stricter Gun Control Six Months After Sandy Hook Shooting

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Local lawmakers stood side by side with advocates Friday to call for stronger gun control on the six-month anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Lawmakers gathered on the steps of City Hall to rip Congress for a lack of action on the issue.

"People all over the country understand that enough is enough," said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "We can take action. We must take action."

"This is what we need to change this issue," said Colin Goddard, a victim of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. "We need people to stand up, and we need to make our elected officials understand that they cannot vote against the majority of the American public."

"I keep asking myself, 'How could it be that the Unites States Senate did nothing? How could this be?'" said Kim Russell of Moms Demand Action.

Governor Andrew Cuomo echoed their sentiments in a statement, saying, in part, "Another 4,000 people have died from gun violence, while Washington remains paralyzed...parents in this country shouldn't have to wait for the next tragedy for Washington to act."

Meanwhile, there was a somber gathering in Newtown Friday to mark six months since the shootings.

Family members of the 20 children and six adult victims renewed their push for tighter gun control legislation.

The sisters of slain teacher Victoria Soto asked the crowd to join in 26 seconds of silence to remember those lost.

A lantern was lit for the victims, and the names of thousands of gun violence victims were read throughout the day.

"This is about common sense," said one person at the gathering. "The constitution is not a suicide pact."

"No father should be, should ever have a child fall victim of gun violence," said a second.

"The pain is excruciating and unbearable, but thanks to people like you that come out and support us, we are able to get through this," said a third.

Adam Lanza carried out the massacre after killing his mother inside their Newtown home.

He killed himself as police arrived.

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