TUCSON, AZ (TNN) – The push for more gun regulation continues as survivors of the country's deadliest shootings gathered in Tucson as part of a nationwide tour.
About 100 people gathered at Saint Odilia Church on the northwest side at noon on Friday. They began reading the thousands of names of gun violence victims who died since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings six months ago. They were reading the names to keep gun control in front of the public and congress.
Survivors of the January 8th shooting in Tucson, people such as Daniel Hernandez and Pam Simon who worked for then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords were there among others who survived that day.
The effort, called No More Names, is on a 25-state, 100-day push for universal background checks as one of the ways to curb gun deaths.
Neil Heslin showed pictures of his six-year-old son Jesse Lewis, who was a victim of the shootings in Sandy Hook. Heslin said that even though the shooter at Sandy Hook took guns that were bought legally by his mother, universal background checks in all firearm transactions are a logical next step to curb violence.
Heslin says that it's time to enact more regulation, and that it's not infringing on Second Amendment rights.
"When you have 20 little innocent children, babies, that lost their lives in a first-grade classroom, it's just going too far, it has gone way too far," Heslin said.
Ken Rineer with Gun Owners of Arizona has said that universal background checks mean every transaction will be checked, even those among family members. He said that these are transactions on property between people, and that the government should not have access to track this. He also added that the federal government already has a law that requires prohibited possessors to be entered into a FBI database and that the states need more support in providing this information to the federal government.
No More Names expects gun control regulation to land back in front of Congress and the members urged Arizona Senator Jeff Flake to vote yes next time.