One year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a 27-year-old teacher, Victoria Leigh Soto, threw herself between her first graders and Adam Lanza, taking the bullets he meant for them. A photograph of her younger sister, Carlee, receiving the news of Vicki’s death on her cell phone quickly became a symbol of national heartbreak over the shooting.
On this week’s Fox News Sunday, Carlee Soto, 21, spoke with host Chris Wallace about that day and her newfound advocacy on gun violence. Soto expressed her frustration with the Senate’s failure to pass bipartisan background check legislation in April:
WALLACE: How do you explain the fact that a year later, nothing has happened?
SOTO: It was extremely hard to watch these members of Congress come in and vote no on something so sensible. It’s a background check and it only takes 90 seconds. It’s not preventing anyone that should not have a gun. It was hard for that to happen and to see that happen. But like President Barack Obama told me, and Vice President Biden, that no one ever thought slavery would be abolished, no one ever thought that women would have rights. And I believe that we will have sensible gun laws in the future.
Soto had trouble returning to school after the shooting, but recently joined the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to speak out for stronger gun laws. “It is hard. There [are] definitely days when I don’t want to do this,” she told Wallace. “I don’t want to speak on camera, I don’t want to talk in front of a group of people. But my sister can’t do that. There are so many people that can’t be advocates for this, and I know I can.”