Columbine, Aurora shooting victim families visit White House for first gun law passage in decades
By Caitlyn Kim
(from: CPR News)
The crowd of a few hundred people on the White House South Lawn Monday afternoon all shared one common link.
Their lives were changed by gun violence.
Coloradans in the crowd included Tom Mauser, state Rep. Tom Sullivan and state Sen. Rhonda Fields.
All three lost children to gun violence.
They have since become champions for gun safety legislation.
“People often ask me is it frustrating not having anything done after 23 years after Columbine,” said Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed in the Columbine school shooting. Some of Daniel’s classmates were also at the White House.
They were glad to see last month’s passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun safety legislation signed into law in three decades.
“I remind them that we've done things at the state level,” Mauser said. “It's at the federal level that nothing has really happened, but now it's great to be able to say something has happened at the federal level.”
The law closes the so-called boyfriend loophole, provides additional funding for school security and mental health, cracks down on straw purchases, increases background checks for buyers under the age of 21 and provides funding for states to implement red flag laws.