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Gov. Patrick pushes for increase in gun control at Newtown event

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A group of Newtown High School and Sandy Hook elementary alumni, who now live in Boston, were profoundly affected by the mass shooting that happened in the Connecticut town in December.

Despite their grief, the alumni pulled together to do something for their hometown and organized "Night for Newtown at Fenway" on Saturday night.

The event was a fundraiser for the children of Newtown who were gravely affected when Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School killing 20 children and six educators before turning the gun on himself.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were in attendance and offered their support to those still reeling from that deadly day.

Since the Newtown tragedy, Gov. Patrick has been calling for an increase in gun control in Massachusetts.

"We need universal background checks. We need a way to get at the so-called straw purchases, which are purchases of guns in bulk lawfully that sometimes then turn into individual sales through unlawful channels. We need stronger mental health checks, and we have proposed all of these, and by the way we have proposed them in the past, and they haven't moved in the legislature. I hope that this time they will," Gov. Patrick said.

Patrick added, "I think it reflects well on the spirit of the people of this community that we seek common cause with the people of Newtown, Conn. We have losses of children here and in neighborhoods all across the Commonwealth and the country. And it doesn't have to be this way."

Mayor Menino reiterated the governor's sentiments regarding the spirit of Bostonians, as well as those across the entire state.

"That's what Boston's all about. We pull together for other people. We're always out there when there's a need," Mayor Menino said.

Roughly seven hundred Bostonians attended the event in hopes of raising money for the "Everwonder Children's Museum" which is slated to open in Newtown in 2016. The event reportedly raised close to $50,000 for the museum.

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