NIU Victim's Mother Speaking Out for Gun Control

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The mother of the youngest shooting victim at Northern Illinois University is asking Congress to put tougher gun control laws on the books.

Mary Kay Mace of Carpentersville will be joining law enforcement and community leaders Wednesday at a noon rally in front of the old state Capitol in Springfield. It's part of an effort by Organizing for Action , a nonprofit group that stemmed from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The group's making gun control efforts a major push.

Despite other recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., Congress hasn't acted on what the group calls "common sense gun laws."

Nineteen-year-old Ryanne Mace was one of five students who died during the February 2008 shooting in an oceanography class lecture on the DeKalb campus.

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