DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Twelve years after losing her daughter, Beth Soltero’s home is filled with tributes to a spontaneous, artistic young woman.
“There is always this hole in your heart, every day and every minute,” she says.
22-year-old Wendy Soltero was a college senior in California, when she was murdered in a robbery by a 19-year-old girl.
“Wendy was reaching for her wallet and she just shot her because she had a gun and basically wanted to know what it was like to kill someone,” said her mother.
The tragedy changed Beth Soltero’s life, but not her views on gun control. “I don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I grew up learning how to hunt myself,” she said.
She does, however, have a problem with certain types of guns and how easily people can buy them.
She supports universal background checks, limits on how many rounds a magazine can hold, and a ban on semi-automatic weapons.
“I don’t understand why that’s a problem,” she said.
She says, the gun that killed her daughter had been legally purchased by one person, who then gave it to Wendy’s killer.
Existing laws, though, limited who they could hold responsible. “We couldn’t even go after the person who gave her the gun,” said Soltero.
Soltero is cautiously optimistic politicians may be ready to pass legislation to effect change.
She only wishes it hadn’t come after so many deaths.
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