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Newtown Victim’s Sister Carlee Soto: A Background Check ‘Only Takes 90 Seconds’ (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The sister of Newtown victim Victoria Leigh Soto, a 27-year-old first grade teacher, expressed her frustration that Congress has not passed any new gun control measures since the school shooting on “Fox News Sunday.”

Carlee Soto, 21, told host Chris Wallace that she is dedicated to gun control advocacy.

“It was extremely hard to watch these members of Congress come in and vote no on something so sensible,” Soto said of the failure of the Manchin-Toomey background check expansion.

Soto was in the Senate gallery when the bill was voted down in April.

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“It’s a background check, and it only takes 90 seconds,” she added. “It’s not preventing anyone that should not have a gun. It was hard for that to happen, and to see it happen. But like President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden told me that no one ever thought slavery would be abolished, no one ever women thought women would have rights. I believe that we will have sensible gun laws in the future.”

“You recently joined the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” Wallace said, “and I’ve know you’ve gone out around the country to argue for more gun controls. I got to think that’s a tough thing for you because I’ve got to think at least that you would like to get as far away from this as possible.”

“It is hard," she responded. "There is definitely days where I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to speak on camera, I don’t want to speak in front of a group of people. But my sister can’t do that. And there are so many people that can’t be advocates for this, and I know I can.”

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed fifteen children and two teachers before he forced his way into Soto’s classroom.

She hid students in a closet and told the shooter that the children were in the auditorium. Several students ran from their hiding place and Lanza fired at them. She threw herself into the line of fire.

“I am so proud to say I am Victoria Soto’s sister,” her younger sister said Sunday.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Mediaite