Parents of the children who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook School massacre were among those pressing for greater US gun controls at a public meeting last night.
Hundreds of people attended the meeting, held by Connecticut's newly created Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, at Newtown High School.
Many in the audience wore stickers urging more gun control measures and some were brought to tears as they listened to the emotional testimonies of the devastated parents who lost their children in the school shootings.
27 people - including 20 children - were killed in the shootings on December 14, last year. Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, attacked Sandy Hook elementary school, before killing himself.
Among the parents speaking at the meeting was David Wheeler, who lost his son Benjamin in the shootings. He told the meeting that the founding fathers had put the right to bear arms second after the right to live and called for the US to get its "priorities straight":