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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jane Dougherty
Speakers at a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting Friday urged lawmakers to approve tougher firearms laws while gun-rights supporters watched from the wings.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado — a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.
"We cannot afford to sit idly by as more and more of our loved ones are killed with guns," said Jane Dougherty, whose sister was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Please join me in demanding that our elected officials have the courage to lead and pass the Gun Violence Prevention Bill."