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First responders are speaking out about the horror they witnessed in Newtown the day 20 children and six adults were shot and killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Wednesday night, police chiefs from Connecticut appeared on CNN.

After being asked a question about gun control, Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said, "You know, I heard the president say they deserve a vote. And he was speaking about the Newtown families. I've heard others say they deserve a voice.

"I'd like to suggest that we deserve a chance. We in law enforcement know that when an active shooter reloads that's an opportunity for us to move. That's an opportunity for us to neutralize that threat. We in law enforcement know that when an active shooter reloads that's an opportunity for people in public to try to overpower that individual. Or try to get away.

"And we in law enforcement know that in a school setting when an active shooter has to reload that's an opportunity and that's a chance for our kids to run. I really believe that we deserve that chance."

The Newtown police officers said they're hoping the nation will learn from the tragedy.

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