Sandy Hook families to ride AF-1 to DC, lobby Senate
April 8th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
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Sandy Hook families to ride AF-1 to DC, lobby Senate

Washington (CNN) – Twelve family members of children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school flew to Washington with President Barack Obama on board Air Force One Monday following the president's speech in Connecticut.

They'll spend two days lobbying senators to pass gun safety legislation, after joining the president for the event in Hartford, during which the president pressed Congress to act in the wake of the Newtown killings.

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The group, members of Sandy Hook Promise, arrive in Washington with a letter signed by 120 extended family members of Sandy Hook victims. They will encourage both Democratic and Republican senators to support background checks for all gun purchases, a limit on high-capacity ammunition and stronger gun trafficking provisions, among other steps, while members of Congress continue to debate new gun control measures. The group is not taking a position on the assault weapons ban, legislation that already lacks enough support to pass through Congress.

Sandy Hook Promise was established days after the attack in Newtown to support the victims of the tragedy and advocate for gun safety laws, according to the group's spokesperson Lara Bergthold.

A Sandy Hook mother, Nicole Hockley, will introduce the president before his remarks Monday. Hockley's six-year-old son, Dylan, was killed in the December shooting and the stay-at-home mom has been working full-time since then advocating for new anti-violence laws.

President Obama spoke at the University of Hartford Monday evening after meeting with victims' families.

Monday's event is the latest event by the president to push Congress to pass legislation to address gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and first lady Michelle Obama are also expected to hold events on the same topic this week.

Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Republicans are so deeply beholden to the NRA that the appearance of the Sandy Hook will not make a difference.

    April 8, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Thomas

    If I lost my child to the insanity of the corporate NRA lobby . I'd be on AF 1 in spirit .

    Why do Americans love guns more then education ?

    April 8, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. tup

    Obama's shameless explotation of Sandy Hooks at the expense of.murdered Chicago children.

    Guess he forgot his roots. Or worse yet, sell out.

    April 8, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. PJ

    @Sniffit and tp, etc:
    Thank you for stating the obvious. The nasty comments here only show a lack of compassion, a heart full of hate
    and meanness.
    For these people to imply that the parents of these children are being forced into doing this is a slap in the face
    of everyone who is hurting, and trying to find some way to make things better for other children. They are
    doing this in the memory of their darling kids, and no one has the right to criticize them, nor anyone who will
    do what they can to help.
    Unless you have been there, felt the pain, and understand that everyone has their way of trying to heal,
    and some never will, just keep your thoughts to yourself.

    April 8, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Tony

    Some people on here is saying that the President is politicizing this, well he is not trying to be elected to a third term.

    April 8, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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