Dems honor Fla. nightclub, Sandy Hook victims

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Christine Leinonen (C), mother of Christopher "Drew" Leinonen killed in the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, is joined by survivors Brandon Wolf (L) and Jose Arriagada during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrats are paying tribute to the victims of the June attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Christine Leinonen tells the crowd at the Democratic convention that her son — Christopher “Drew” Leinonen — always brought people together and started a gay-straight alliance in school.

He was one of the 49 patrons killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She says her son’s grandparents met in a Japanese internment camp “so it was in his DNA that love always trumps hate.”

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he’s “furious” about the lack of progress on gun control in the years since 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at the Connecticut school.

Murphy says Republicans in Congress have done “absolutely nothing to prevent the next massacre.”

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