NEWTOWN, CT (CBS) - The push for new gun control legislation has intensified since a shooter killed his mother, 26 people at an elementary school, and then himself. But for some in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control legislation isn't just a law, it's personal.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Senator-elect Chris Murphy met Wednesday with a group called Newtown United, residents who came together after the shootings to push for a ban on assault weapons.
They may have a new supporter in President Obama. He wants new laws to try and prevent another tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School. President Obama says, "The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence."
As head of the President's task force, Vice President Biden will look into banning assault weapons. But gun advocates say that's not necessary. Gene Hoffman says, "There are a lot of things we can do to make sure only the right people have firearms."
There will be at least nine more funerals or viewings today. On Wednesday, each of the victims was remembered in his or her own special way.
Paul Simon sang at the funeral for 27-year-old teacher Victoria Soto. She died trying to protect her first grade students. Mary Speer says, "She gave her life for those kids. It just breaks my heart."
Seven-year-old Daniel Barden wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. So firemen from across the region said goodbye to him as though he were one of their own.
Caroline Previdi liked to draw and dance. Charlotte Bacon loved animals. And Principal Dawn Hochsprung was a mother of two, but friends and family say all of her students were her kids.
Vice President Biden will get to work on his gun control task force immediately. He's meeting with law enforcement officers from around the country today to seek their advice on how to reduce gun violence.