WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is bringing 11 relatives of those killed in the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School to Washington on Air Force One on Monday so they can personally encourage senators to back gun legislation that faces tough opposition.
A nonprofit organization that works with the families, Sandy Hook Promise, said that after Obama's speech on gun control in Hartford, he is flying with relatives of seven children and one staffer killed during December's massacre at the school. The White House says Obama is going to argue that lawmakers have an obligation to the children killed and other victims of gun violence to act on his proposals.
Gun legislation could come up for debate in the Senate this week after lawmakers return from spring break. The Sandy Hook families want to speak this week to senators who have not so far voiced support for the legislation to ask for support in memory of their children and the staff that was killed Dec. 14. The White House offered to give them a ride so they could also attend Obama's speech before their lobbying push.
"The group is encouraging senators to come together around legislative proposals that will both save lives and respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans," Sandy Hook Promise said in a statement.
1. Too bad they won't be in the gallery when the vote comes down.
I rather doubt that will happen, but it would sure raise the hair on their necks if they knew the relatives of the children and staff were staring down at them. On second thought, the NRA gets more reaction from these clowns than those who are hurting.