Newtown Victims’ Sister: Congress Must ‘Stop Being Cowards’

The sister of one of the Newtown victims is calling on Congress to support gun control as part of a nationwide bus tour that passed through Indiana Thursday.

Carlee Soto

Photo: Brandon Smith

Carlee Soto, the sister of Newtown Connecticut victim, is participating in a 25-state bus tour to raise awareness about gun violence.

The sister of one of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting victims says Senator Dan Coats let down Hoosiers when he voted against gun control legislation.

Carlee Soto’s sister Victoria was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary who was shot and killed while shielding her students. Now Soto is taking part in a 25-state bus tour called “No More Names”, urging people to get involved in efforts to curb gun violence.

Soto says she’s hoping to open people’s eyes to the problem of gun violence in America:

“I think people see these mass shootings and after a few months start to forget and don’t realize that this is a huge problem and until it touches you personally, you’re not really aware of what’s going on and you don’t really care too much,” says Soto.

She says she wants those like Senator Dan Coats who voted against gun control legislation to listen to the families of those who’ve lost their lives to gun violence and rethink their votes.

“It’s not acceptable how many people are being killed due to gun violence,” said Soto. “I definitely think that Congress needs to stop being cowards and take another look at this bill and take serious action to try to stop the bloodshed.”

Coats spokesperson Tara DiJulio says the problem is not that there are too few background checks but that the current system misses too many people.  She says Coats supports alternative legislation that would fix the existing background check system while also addressing mental illness in the criminal justice system and increase school safety.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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