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Group Pushes Senator Cruz's Austin Office For Gun Law Common Ground
Georgetown resident Judith Johnson constantly relives the day her sister was murdered. Johnson said several years ago her sister was shot and killed by an intruder in her own home.
"She probably fought him, and he shot her in the head," Johnson said. "It was very wounding; it was hard to keep going."
On behalf of her sister, Johnson is fighting for stricter gun laws. She's with the Austin chapter of Moms Demand Action. Wednesday they met with Senator Ted Cruz's office and pleaded for what they call "sensible limits" on guns. Senator Cruz has been outspoken and vocal in his fight against gun control.
On Tuesday at gun manufacturer in Leander, Senator Cruz called President Obama's gun initiatives cynical and wrong.
Hilary Rand, co-leader of Moms Demand Action in Austin, said the group of moms does not completely disagree with Cruz's stance and that they are not asking to take away all guns from law abiding citizens.
"With rights comes responsibilities, and as society it's up to us to keep our society safe," she said.
Whitfield said they are asking for a ban on assault weapons, and that high capacity ammunition magazines are limited to 10 rounds or fewer. They also want to see universal background checks on every gun sale.
Common ground over the heated debate may be hard fought, but Johnson's painful memories of her sister keep her pushing for change.
"Everyone has a right to protect themselves," Johnson said, "but nobody has the right to assault the innocent."
By Cassie Gallo