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The Connecticut shootings only happened on Friday, but already, groups are calling into question our gun control laws. YNN's Erin Billups has more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In light of the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, victims of other mass shootings, that have plagued the nation for the past decade, made their way to Capitol Hill Tuesday.

"My son, Matt McQuinn was 27 and he died in the Aurora shooting."

"My name is Colin Goddard I was shot four times in the morning of April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech and survived. I'm here for the 32 that didn't."

"I'm from Chicago. My son, Terrell Bosley, was murdered on church grounds. I'm pleading with our leaders to help us."

Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son severely injured in a mass shooting on the Long Island railroad in 1993 says the reaction to Friday's shooting may finally get Congress to respond to their pleas.

"We, as a nation, can do a better job. We can save lives," McCarthy said.

McCarthy is working with California Senator Diane Feinstein to introduce an assault weapons ban in January. The White House is looking to close gun show loopholes and McCarthy's bill banning large capacity magazines for guns, similar to those used by the Newtown shooter, is gaining momentum.

McCarthy said, "The smaller amount of bullets in a clip can save an awful lot of lives."

Of the republican lawmakers we reached out to that would speak, they're trying to shift the focus away from gun control.

"This is a terrible tragedy. It has as much to do about mental health as it does with anything," Texas Representative John Carter said.

The National Rifle Association, which has been largely mute since the shooting, released a statement late Tuesday saying, “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

Gun control advocates say it seems the tide is finally changing.

"They say Friday's horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has changed everything and it has. It is a tipping point," said Dan Gross, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence President.

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