UNITED STATES - March 12 : Support staff of the Newtown ride set up banners for the press conference on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol where they will welcome the arrival of Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a team of 26 cyclists riding almost 400 miles from Newtown, Connecticut to the Capitol in Washington, DC in support of commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
(AP) -- Families of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting are becoming an emotional advocacy group in the campaign for stricter gun laws.
A group of Sandy Hook Elementary School families can take credit for shaping legislation that Connecticut's governor signed into law Thursday.
Now they're trying to do the same in Washington.
With gun legislation in jeopardy as Congress returns from spring break, families from Newtown, Conn., plan to spend the coming week on Capitol Hill.
Their goal is to speak to every senator who has yet to express support for the gun legislation, and they want to put a human face on the gun debate.
The White House has invited the families to attend President Barack Obama's speech Monday in Hartford, Conn.