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Connecticut playing major role at DNC on Wednesday

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Connecticut is playing a major role on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Sen. Chris Murphy will take the stage to deliver perhaps the biggest speech of his life. Erica Smegielski, the daughter of the slain principal Dawn Hochsprung at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will also speak Wednesday evening.

This will be the largest platform Senator Murphy had had in his political career. He said he will use it to address gun violence.

"Terrorists are now not hijacking planes or making bombs in their basement. They're going to gun shows to buy assault weapons and turning them on civilians. So in our fight against terrorist, we now have to address the loosest gun laws in the civilized world," said Murphy.

On a personal note, he explained that his speech is an incredible moment for him and his family.

"My mother grew up in the Mount Pleasant housing projects of New Britain. It's pretty amazing to her, that one generation removed from poverty, her son gets the opportunity to speak in prime time at the Democratic National Convention. That's what's really wonderful about this country."

Senator Murphy lead a 15 hour filibuster on gun control in Washington, D.C. back in June.

Meanwhile, Erica Smegielski, will also get her turn to address the crowd in Philadelphia.

She said she could not have imagined ever being in this position, but she will address the nation in her mother's memory.

"I was not at all a political person prior to the shooting at Sandy Hook. So being here in itself is a shock," said Smegielski.

Smegielski will be honoring Hillary Clinton and her mother.

"She always had a smile on her face, and she was always sarcastic and so funny. Honestly she was just the best person that you could ever hope to meet. When I first learned that my mom was murdered while confronting the gunman, at first I was angry and I think it took me a couple of months before I could let go of that."

Eventually, she said she decided to throw herself into advocating for what she calls common sense gun violence prevention.

On Wednesday, she will bring her message to the main stage at the DNC Convention.

“The fact that we see tragedy, after tragedy, after tragedy and the daily toll of gun violence in our country...the fact that I have to be here is disgusting,” Smegielski said.

She is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. She said she believes her mom would be proud.

"I think the best way to sum up how my mom would be feeling right now is actually in her own words. In my college graduation card she wrote ‘my sweet baby girl, you now have your hard earned opportunity to change the world, and I’m living up to’,” Smegielski said.

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