Newtown Residents Form Advocacy Group, Head to D.C.

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On Monday afternoon Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both 6, were buried in the the first funerals held for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Hours later about 55 people gathered for a meeting of Newtown United, a new grassroots group that hopes to find positive ways to respond to the tragedy. Like the rest of the country, they disagree on the appropriate response. Some discussed mental health or argued that the shooting shouldn't be politicized, but mostly they focused on gun control. While they're still far from reaching a consensus, a delegation from the group is headed to Washington on Tuesday to meet with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and people affected by the shooting in Aurora. "I would like, when you think of Sandy Hook, you think, 'Oh, that's where they banned assault weapons,'" said Newtown resident John Neuhoff. "If we can ban fireworks, we should be able to ban assault weapons."