Senate to vote on gun control debate Thursday - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Senate to vote on gun control debate Thursday

NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

While the United States Senate is set to begin debating gun reform, in Newtown, a grass roots group said the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School deserve a vote.

The Newtown Action Alliance has been reading the names of every person shot and killed across the country since the Sandy Hook tragedy, starting Wednesday afternoon, and will continue into Thursday.

"People are dying every day at the hands of guns, and we need the Senate to do the right thing," said Gary Seri. "Congress needs to keep moving forward and saving lives."

NAA officials said reading off the names is their way of hoping to keep the pressure on Congress, adding after Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, Newtown deserves a vote on gun reform.

That debate is expected to begin Thursday.

In the Senate, there is a bipartisan compromise on background checks. If passed, they would now be required for gun purchases at gun shows and with online orders, but not for private sales between two people.

While there is a compromise, it doesn't mean the bill will pass.

Officials with the National Rifle Association and its allies said they are vowing to block the bill to prevent the debate form getting stared.

However, President Barack Obama's wish list, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, has little chance of getting passed in the Senate, let alone the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

But, in Newtown, this group said they're not deterred, rather just determined to keep moving forward.

"Change has to come," Seri said. "There are my friends. They lost their children, teachers I was friends with and someone has to stand up for them."

The group plans on reading the names until at least 10 a.m.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • breaking

    Teacher accused of bringing students home for sex

    Teacher accused of bringing students home for sex

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-09-20 20:24:41 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 5:20 PM EDT2017-09-20 21:20:20 GMT
    Jessie Lorene Goline (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Jessie Lorene Goline (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

    Arkansas State Police say a former Marked Tree teacher brought several students to her home in Jonesboro for sex, including two in the same night.

    More >>

    Arkansas State Police say a former Marked Tree teacher brought several students to her home in Jonesboro for sex, including two in the same night.

    More >>
  • Woman found dead after 2 days in bathroom stall

    Woman found dead after 2 days in bathroom stall

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:00 AM EDT2017-09-21 11:00:02 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:00 AM EDT2017-09-21 11:00:02 GMT

    The health club says its employees are told to respect the privacy of people in bathroom stalls, which may have led to the woman being overlooked.

    More >>

    The health club says its employees are told to respect the privacy of people in bathroom stalls, which may have led to the woman being overlooked.

    More >>
  • Girl still buried in ruins of Mexico school, anxiety grows

    Girl still buried in ruins of Mexico school, anxiety grows

    Thursday, September 21 2017 2:05 AM EDT2017-09-21 06:05:54 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:06 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:06:21 GMT

    A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a daylong vigil, much of it broadcast across Mexico as rescue workers still struggled in rain and darkness early Thursday trying to reach her.

    More >>

    A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a daylong vigil, much of it broadcast across Mexico as rescue workers still struggled in rain and darkness early Thursday trying to reach her.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly