The activists, representing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, are pressuring lawmakers from both parties.
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Gun control advocates swarmed Capitol Hill this week just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The activists, representing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, are pressuring lawmakers from both parties to revisit legislation requiring universal background checks prior to all gun purchases.

The advocates concede that such legislation would likely fail in the current Congress – as it did in the Senate last spring. But they want another high-profile vote on the measure next year as a way to remind the public where lawmakers stand ahead of the 2014 elections.

“This is not the Congress to get much done,” Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action immediately following the Sandy Hook tragedy, said Friday. “[But] just because the background check bill didn’t happen this year, suddenly everyone’s saying, ‘Oh, gun reform is dead. … It can never happen.'”

“But no one’s saying that about immigration,” she continued. “No one is saying that when a state doesn’t pass gay marriage [rights]. It’s not like people assume that people who are passionate about immigration or gay marriage are going to go away. But for some reason they always assume that about gun reform [advocates]. We’re not going away.”