A relative of a shooting victim from Sandy Hook Elementary visited Des Moines with a message for Iowans Wednesday morning.
Carlee Soto spoke about her sister Victoria during a stop at Union Park.
“This past December my older sister Victoria was shot and killed in her first grade elementary school classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary.”
Victoria was shot last December, while teaching first graders at in Connecticut.
Soto says mass shootings like the one in Newtown show the US has a gun problem.
She’s urging Iowans to ask Congress to get behind a bill to expand background checks on people who want to purchase a gun.
In April, the Senate defeated the bill. However, backers are hoping it’ll come up again in the near future.
“In one week, it’ll be eight months since I’ve seen my older sister. In that time thousands and thousands of Americans have been killed with guns. Background checks won’t solves everything but they will help save lives,” Soto told the crowd.
Wednesday’s stop in Des Moines is part of a 25-state, 100-day national bus tour in support of new gun control legislation.