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Victims of gun violence, lawmakers discuss loopholes in gun laws

WASHINGTON – Sunday, dozens of people packed into a meeting to talk with Senator Chris Murphy about loopholes in current gun laws.

“For me it is very personal, I don’t ever want anyone to have to suffer what I have suffered, and that is why I am here,” said Lucia McBath, Faith and Outreach Leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.

McBath’s 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was murdered by a complete stranger in Florida in 2012, after getting in an argument about playing loud music in a car with his friends.

“I began questioning, who am I?  My role and responsibilities as a mother are no longer an everyday occurrence for me, so what is it I need to be doing with my life?” McBath explained her journey from mourning to activism.

Although she said she is still grieving, she said she is now living what she believes to be her purpose.  Traveling the nation with an organization called Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Laws in America.

Kate Ranta, also testified during the meeting.  Ranta said she was shot by her estranged husband, in front of her four-year-old son.

“My dad and I were standing against the door pushing it like this, trying to keep him from coming in, and it was bam bam bam, bullets came flying through the door,” Ranta recalled.

Ranta said she had a temporary restraining order against her husband at the time, but he was still able to legally purchase and carry a firearm; two of loopholes in current gun laws Senator Murphy, and Moms Demand Action are working to change.

“It is pretty simple, if it is harder for someone with a criminal record to get their hands on a gun, then it is less likely that something awful will happen,” said Murphy.