sybrina fulton*Tragedy after tragedy has shocked the nation this year, all leading back to some of the greatest debates this country has ever seen about gun control.

This year thousands died because of senseless violence and irresponsibility. With the most recent events that provoked the president to tears on national television, the discussion about safety and gun control laws have popped up without hesitation.

The Newtown, Conn. shooting along with the Colorado theater shooting, and several others this year have caused parents to speak out.

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teen, Trayvon Martin,  shared with theRoot, her sentiments for the families affected by the event.

“I feel bad for the families of these little boys and girls,” she said. “The parents have a long road of healing ahead.”

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, between 2008 and 2009, 173 firearm-related deaths of preschool-age children were killed by a gun.

Check out more of the story and the stats at theRoot.