Obama Vows to Honor Newtown with New Gun Laws

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Survivors of the Newtown horror are on Capitol Hill to try to convince lawmakers to pass tougher new gun control legislation.

It's been four months since the Newtown tragedy when a lone gunman entered a Connecticut elementary school and shot to death 20 children and six adults. Now survivors are pleading for more stringent gun laws.

"Do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy," Nicole Nockley, Sandy Hook Survivor, said.

The Newtown families did not get to Capitol Hill on their own. They flew there on Air Force one as guests of President Obama.  who defended his decision to use the families to sway lawmakers.

"This is not about me. This is not about politics.  This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence," president Obama said.

But despite the emotional plea from the Newtown families, gun control legislation is likely to fail. The measure calls for stricter background checks and a ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

A number of Republican senators have vowed to vote against it and there's even growing support for a fillibuster which would thwart not only a vote, but even a debate.

"I hope republicans will stop trying to shut down debate start engaging on the tough issues we were sent to Washington to tackle," said  Harry Reid, Senate Majority leader.

New gun control legislation opponents say it would infringe upon the rights of law abiding citizens while doing little or nothing to stop gun violence.

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