Gun control advocates will visit Washington to mark 6 months of school shooting

US President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama's allies are asking him to do more, though his proposals to toughen gun laws have largely failed in Congress. (AP)

It's been six months since the deadly school shooting that made gun control a top U.S. issue once again, and families of some of the victims are going back to Washington to remind lawmakers they are painfully waiting for action.

Meanwhile, some of President Barack Obama's allies are asking him to do more, though his proposals to toughen gun laws have largely failed in Congress.

The lobbying visit Tuesday and Wednesday is one of several observances planned to mark a half-year after the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 young children and six staff at a Connecticut school by a gunman with a legally purchased, high-powered rifle.

Nicole Hockley, who lost 6-year-old Dylan, said the fight for new laws, which the families also have taken to several states, has left them emotionally exhausted, but they won't give up "no matter how long it takes.''

"It is very disappointing that six months have passed, and although we are making progress in individual states, we aren't making progress on the federal level when it comes to background checks when an overwhelming number of Americans support it,'' she said in a telephone interview.

Obama has said he would do everything he could to stem gun violence even without Congress.

The Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank with close ties to the White House, is asking Obama to issue a dozen more executive actions they say are within his power to reduce gun crimes. The group has been pushing those measures in meetings with the White House, where Vice President Joe Biden declared in an email to supporters Friday, "This fight is far from over.''

Obama issued 23 executive actions after the Connecticut shooting and hasn't ruled out doing more. His aides say he isn't planning to announce any new initiatives or hold a gun-related event this week but will likely acknowledge the six-month mark.

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