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Austin moms rally against senators vote on background checks

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Concerned Austin moms took their beef to the offices of Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz Wednesday to voice their displeasure of the senators vote on background checks.

Gun control in this country has been a hot button topic for the last several months and for these mom's with Senators Cruz and Cornyn voting against expanding background checks, encouraged them to step up and be heard.

"What do we want? Gun reform. Who needs to vote for it? Senator Cornyn," rally participants shouted. "Gun reform now. Gun reform now."

On what would normally be a typically quite day in front of this 6th Street office building, the sound of discontent muffled traffic flying by because several Austin moms were there to make their point and demand action.

"We are deeply, deeply disappointed, heartbroken and appalled that our Senators voted against the bill to expand background checks," said Nicole Greene of the group Moms Demand Action.

First stop for the group, in front of the building that houses the office of Senator John Cornyn.

"Feel it's really important that we keep telling them that we're out here and that it's important to us. And we're not going to stop contacting them and pushing for stronger gun laws until they make it happen," said Hillary Rand, a concerned mom.

Elizabeth is a member of Mom Demanding Action. She brought her two children to the rally.

"I hope to make the world a better place for them so that whenever they go to school they'll be safe," she said.

Cathy is a retired teacher. The school shootings at Columbine and Sandy Hook inspired her enough to advocate against gun violence. She knows the run around game that politicians can play.

"I'd be happy to get an answer but I feel like it would be the stock answer we usually get about 2nd Amendment rights," she said.

After voicing their concerns outside Cornyn's office building the small but vocal group made their way to Ted Cruz's 8th Street Austin office.

"Shame on Cruz," they shouted.

Sarah, a concerned mom talked to FOX 7 about a recent not so friendly phone conversation she had with a member of Cruz's staff.

"I got a lecture, I got a class on the 2nd Amendment and I reminded him about the 1st Amendment and I had a right to say how I felt and that I hope that he was listening and that I hope that Mr. Cruz would sleep on it," Sarah said.

FOX 7 received a statement from Senator Cornyn's Office stating:

"Senator Cornyn believes the dangerously mentally ill need to be effectively screened out to prevent future tragedies and the focus needs to be on strengthening existing mental health background checks….Unfortunately the bill put forward by Democrats did nothing to address the mental health component in this debate."

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