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Jul 23, 2012 12:17 AM

January 8 survivors ask for more gun laws after Colorado shooting

TUCSON - January 8 shooting survivors are reacting to the Aurora, Colo., shooting spree, asking for changes in gun laws.

The 11 Tucson survivors said their hearts go out to the people in Colorado, but words are not enough.

"We need our elected officials to take action to fix our nation's broken gun laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands," the statement read. "That's why our group of survivors of the Tucson shooting are working hard to encourage our elected officials to take action."

The statement did not mention any specific action except fixing the background check system.

"We call on President Obama and Mitt Romney, and all elected officials and candidates for office to pledge to join us in working to fix our gun laws and help stop the tragic toll that gun violence has on communities across the country," the statement read. "They can honor the memory of the victims of Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, and the 34 other Americans that are murdered with guns every day by taking action. Their actions would save lives, maybe the life of someone they love."

Tucson shooting survivor, Patricia Maisch, is one of the victims the release was attributed to.

She said there should be background checks for all gun sales, including between private parties. She also said an assault rifle played a role in the number of victims in Colorado.

"With today's technology and the smart phone, there's no reason why a gun background check can't be performed for every gun sale," Maisch said, "each and every gun sale."

Todd Rathner is on the National Rifle Association's National Board of Directors. He does not believe this is a time over-react.

"I don't know what more we can do. Guns are one of the most heavily regulated consumer products in the world." Rathner said. "I haven't seen one proposal that would stop something like this."

Here is the complete statement from the Tuscon victims.

"Our hearts go out to the victims and survivors of the tragic mass shooting in Aurora. Please know that all of the people of Aurora are in our minds and hearts.

There are no words to express the horror that the people of Aurora are experiencing now, or that we experienced on January 8, 2011. But words are not enough. We need our elected officials to take action to fix our nation's broken gun laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands. That's why our group of survivors of the Tucson shooting are working hard to encourage our elected officials to take action. Some of us are gun owners and hunters ourselves, and we know that this can be done while still protecting the rights of lawful gun owners.

In fact, it's been 16 months since President Obama boldly outlined his plan to do just that. But since then, it appears that no action has been taken to implement the President's plan. We look forward to meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder in the near future to discuss how we can work together to fix our gun background check system.

We call on President Obama and Mitt Romney, and all elected officials and candidates for office to pledge to join us in working to fix our gun laws and help stop the tragic toll that gun violence has on communities across the country. They can honor the memory of the victims of Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, and the 34 other Americans that are murdered with guns every day by taking action. Their actions would save lives, maybe the life of someone they love. We have a simple question for our nation's leaders: How much more pain, how much more sorrow, and how many more murders with guns must we suffer before we do something about it?"

The statement can be attributed to Dr. David Bowman, Nancy Bowman, Ken Dorushka, Carol Dorushka, Roxanna Green, Pat Maisch, Angela Robinson, Faith Salzgeber, Roger Salzgeber, Pam Simon and Mavy Stoddard, according to PRNewsWire.com.

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