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Newtown Parents Tell ’60 Minutes’ Gun Control is Lifelong Mission

Friday, 05 Apr 2013 07:24 AM

By Greg Richter

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Parents and other family members of Newtown, Conn., shooting victims vow to make gun control a lifelong mission in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

“Shame on me if it's not,” said Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach.

A portion of the story aired on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

“This is a marathon. And you have to be prepared to run all 26 miles,” Sherlach said in response to a question on whether he feared the issue was beginning to fade in the public consciousness. “Now when you take a multifaceted approach, and you can build a wagon big enough for a grassroots movement to get involved, it has the legs to go the 26 miles.”

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Sherlach called limiting magazine size and expanded background checks his top priorities.

Nicole Hockley, who’s son Dylan died in the attack, added straw purchases to the list. Straw purchases are those in which a person with a clean background buys guns for a person who cannot pass a background check.

Current law doesn’t require a private individual to perform a background check when re-selling or giving a gun to another individual. Some legislators crafting a gun control bill want to add such a requirement.





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