NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Loop holes in the nation's gun back ground check system helped led to the Virginia Tech shooting in 2008 and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords back in January. In both incidents mentally ill people were allowed to purchase guns. Now the senate is trying to close the legal loop holes.
In Washington D.C. Patricia Maisch the woman who helped stop gunman Jared Loughner
held up the photos and read the names of the six lives killed by the mentally ill gunman who tried to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Now she's calling on congress to prevent future tragedies.
The senate is considering a bill to fix the background check system put in place back in 2008, after the deadliest gun massacre in U.S. history.
A gunman killed thirty-two people on the Virginia Tech campus. He was mentally ill, but that information didn't show up on a background check.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants to crack down on states that aren't submitting records. He said that includes states like: "Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Vermont and Wyoming. There are likely to be many more."
The FBI says many states still don't know what information they are supposed to be submitting.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly release a co-memoir
"Gabby - A Story of Courage And Hope" that book is now available in stores.