By Samuel Burke, CNN
Erica Lafferty lost her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Her mom was the principal who, instead of running from the gunfire, rushed toward it, to try and protect her students. She paid with her life.
Erica told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that she still finds herself calling her mother’s cell phone – forgetting she’s not there to answer – only to get the voicemail message.
In the wake of the shootings, her daughter began to email and call U.S. senators, hoping to encourage a change in America’s gun laws. None of the senators replied and as a last-ditch effort she took to Twitter. She sent the politicians tweets asking them to, at the very least, bring the legislation to a vote. Slowly senators started to respond – some by Twitter, other with phone calls and meetings.
On Thursday, Erica flew to Washington D.C. and watched as gun control legislation made it to the floor for debate for the first time in more than a decade.
“It’s the first step. It’s a victory – a small one – but a victory,” she said.
Erica said she won’t stop trying to rally for changes to American gun laws.
“I know we are not going to stop, so people are going to get really sick of us” she said, “because it’s absolutely something that needs to be addressed.”