Mother of Sandy Hook victim looks ahead as fight for tougher gun laws continues

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SANDY HOOK, Conn. – Nicole Hockley lost her six-year-old Dylan three years ago to the violence that ripped apart Sandy Hook.

"I can picture Dylan running through the halls. That's hard," she said as she walked the halls of a local school. And while her older son survived the carnage, Nicole says she and her family have been able to survive, but she's still learning to live.

One of the ways she's doing that is with a group she co-founded,, to educate that gun violence is preventable.

Sandy Hook Promise now funds programs in schools across the nation so no family ever has to face the grief of loss as the 26 surviving families of Sandy Hook elementary have.

The town has voted to demolish the school; a new one will open its door next fall.

And there are changes for the Hockley family as well.

"Jake, my surviving son, is doing well," Hockley said. "This is the first year we have a Christmas tree. We are trying to create new memories now."

And Hockley says while some feel nothing has changed since the murders, she insists a wave of change is sweeping over our nation and is reaching its tipping point, though some groups like hers and others.

But the conversation over a lack of gun control laws continues.

"If you can't step on an airplane, you shouldn't be able to pull a trigger," said Governor Andrew Cuomo, flanked by Senator Chuck Schumer.

New York is now the second state, after Connecticut, to call on the Department of Justice to simple release the information it already has in the terrorist watch list to bar those individuals from purchasing firearms.

Cuomo continued to drive his case home.

In the last ten years, "2,000 suspected terrorists went to buy a gun. Over 90 percent were granted right to buy a gun. At least let the states defend themselves," he impored.


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