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December 18th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Mother of Virginia Tech survivor: Allowing gun lobby to lead gun control debate is 'appalling'

As the Newtown families continue to grieve, victims and survivors who have experienced past shootings are trying to offer comfort and demand change to prevent future killings.

A group of these supporters joined Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to call for immediate and national action on gun control.

Lori Haas, the mother of a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and an advocate with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, joins John Berman today on Starting Point to discuss her gun control efforts and to explain how she reacted to the news of Friday's shooting, which she says vacillated between "nausea and anger."

"My anger is directly at elected leaders," Haas explains. "I find it appalling that we have allowed the gun lobby to lead the debate on policies regarding public safety. I believe that our public safety officials and law enforcement should be leading the discussion and leading the way on the policies we enact... We hold the moral authority and our elected leaders need to listen to us."


Filed under: Connecticut shooting • Gun control
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  1. Orlando

    One life is precious no matter the use of the device. Here is a solution – take all weapons off the earth but will that solve the violence? The pivotal point is the human behind the violence.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Orlando

    Who put these guns in the killers hands? Here is a mother that legally purchased guns and provided access to them with a son with special needs.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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