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An open letter from a Sandy Hook mom

In an open letter to lawmakers, Newtown, CT.,  mom Carrie Battaglia shared the trauma her six-year-old daughter experienced as she hid with classmates inside a bathroom while 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. The first grader is now frightened by loud noises, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and has trouble sleeping at night.

The letter is part of an effort by Battaglia and other parents from the community to share their experiences with politicians, urging them to pass meaningful gun control legislation. And while progress on gun reform is slow and uneven, Battaglia told the New York Daily News that her and other Newtown parents are "in the fight for the long haul."

“We’re not going to give up. We’ll keep sending letters, calling (politicians) and we’re going to vote, make our voices heard," she told the News.

Battaglia's letter in full (emphasis mine):

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