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Sandy Hook Mother Carrie Battaglia Writes Letter About Daughters' PTSD, Urges Gun Control Laws

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A mother of two children who survived the Sandy Hook shooting wrote a letter begging for Congress to take action on gun control bills after revealing that her daughters are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Carrie Battaglia posted the letter on Tuesday, following four months of struggle to help her daughters feel normal again.

In it, she says her 6-year-old daughter was one of the students huddled in the bathroom of a classroom when Adam Lanza shot her schoolmates in the class next door. 

"She heard everything. Shooting. Screaming. Pleading. She was sure she was going to die that day and did not want to die for Christmas," Battaglia wrote.

"Imagine what this must have been like."

Now, her daughter is suffering from PTSD, which often makes her startled by loud noises and gives her intense nightmares.

"Almost every night she's awake with nightmares - sometimes two a night. That's probably the worst part now, she's afraid to go to sleep," she said.

"Many times the dream is in the school … someone, something is getting killed."

And she isn't calm during the day, either.

"During indoor recess my daughter would hear a loud noise and just put her hands over her ears and become withdrawn."

Her oldest daughter, an 8-year-old, also suffers from PTSD. 

"She still gets upset when she talks about losing her principal and the siblings of her friends," she said. "It still affects her. Even the fact she could have lost her sister - she gets upset about that as well."

The girls have both been visiting a trauma specialist at their new school.

But seeing her daughters deal with the after effects of the massacre makes her angry that no one has taken action on gun control laws yet.

"It's time to stop catering to the gun owners and lobbyists and start caring about our children, our families, our teachers, our friends and our neighbors," she said. 

She joins other parents that are sendings politicians letters, emails and phone calls asking them to pass gun control laws.

"The NRA does not care about people, they care about money."

"We're not going to give up. We'll keep sending letters, calling [politicians] and we're going to vote, make our voices heard. And if our lawmakers don't make a change, we'll elect people who will."

She said that politicians do not understand how the massacre affected people.

"Maybe there's too much pressure from lobbyists. Maybe they think they have enough votes to get reelected," she said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, NY Daily News