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Mothers Protest More School Shootings Since Newtown Tragedy

<p>Mothers send Valentine's Day cards to Congress to call for gun control laws</p>
Image: Gun Control Advocates Discuss New Study Of School Shootings Since Newtown
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: Carlee Soto, sister of Newtown victim and Sandy Hook teacher Victoria Soto, speaks about gun violence in schools while flanked by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) (L) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy during a news conference on Capitol Hill, February 12, 2014 Washington, DC. Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held the news conference to urge Congress into passing stricter gun laws. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Luisa Caro did what she called a “traditional kid activity” _ making a red construction paper Valentine and sent it to someone whose attention she wanted.

Only Caro’s valentine was a broken heart and she sent it to Congress to lobby for gun laws.

“This is such a traditional kid activity. You come home and think about what your kids should be doing at school. This is what they should be doing. Making paper hearts, not doing lockdown drills,” said Caro, a mother two children, 11 and 9 from McLean, Va.

Caro's valentine delivery was organized by Mom’s Demand Action For Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns Wednesday, which delivered thousands of valentines.

The message on Caro’s valentine: “43 school shootings since Newtown. 8 kids killed every day. 0 action from Congress. Too many broken hearts.” She substituted 44 for 43 because another school shooting had occurred since she made the heart.

Soon after the Newton shootings, gun rights groups promised to run primary opponents against Republicans who voted for gun control measures they see as an infringment of the Constitution's Second Amendment.

In the 14 months since the Newton, Conn., shooting, there have been 28 deaths, with victims ranging in age from 5 to 53, and 37 gunshot injuries in schoolhouse shootings, according to a study released by the groups.

Caro, an attorney orginally from Bogota, Colombia, said she got involved in the group on behalf of survivors of gunshot victims and “selfishly, on behalf of my kids.”