Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families
June 10th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
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Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families

Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, Tuesday, 6/11, to reflect a schedule change for the meeting.

Washington (CNN) - The two top Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will meet Wednesday with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

According to an aide to John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will sit down with the families, who will be in Washington to mark six months since the massacre that left 26 dead.

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"Speaker Boehner's heart goes out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families. He wants to hear their stories and talk about ways to reduce the culture of violence in our country," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.

Some Newtown families have been actively lobbying members of Congress for tougher firearm laws during this year's gun control debate. When the Senate failed to advance a set of gun proposals in April, President Barack Obama - with Newtown families standing behind - vowed the fight was not over.

Parents of seven children killed in the shooting were set to begin meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group formed to help spur legislation on the gun issue and is coordinating the trip.

A separate group of families, working with the Newtown Action Alliance, will come to Washington on Wednesday and meet with members of Congress for two days. A spokesman for the group said it will also coordinate Thursday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol what it calls a "Human Ribbon of Remembrance" in memory of the 26 children and adults killed.

Besides Boehner and Cantor, the groups are not revealing who else they will be meeting with.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said the fact that Boehner is meeting with the families "shows respect for them” but added, “I dont know that they will move him to action.”

"I'm very doubtful that the House leadership has any intention of bringing a bill to the floor," he said.

Before the proposals failed in the Senate, Boehner had said repeatedly that the House would wait on the Senate to take action.

Since the Senate proposals’ failure, the House has not moved on the issue. Republican Rep. Peter King of New York and Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California had planned to propose a background check bill similar to the one considered by the Senate, but it has not gone anywhere since the Senate version was dropped two months ago.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Gun control • Gun rights • John Boehner
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Jeb

    The gun industry OWNS the GOP.

    June 11, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Loki

    It's time to tear up the democrats using their own game.... We conservatives need to register as democrats and mess with their primaries. It can work ! From now on we are all DEMOCRATS. Let's embrace their crazy culture and make it work for us. It's easy. We are all LGBT and we want to be able to be anything we want and do whatever we want. Let's destroy the pollsters and the left's ability to attack us... We are now YOU. Deal with it.

    June 11, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    What the GOPT/D gun lobbyists don't seem to realize is that there are millions MORE anti-gun voters in America than there are pro-gun voters. You cowards are HISTORY!!!

    June 11, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Loki

    The new Republicans say get those old fools outta there. Stop talking already. We are the new left. We are PRO everything and anything. Who cares. Let the games begin.

    June 11, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Sniffit

    This should be good. They'll play all nicey nice with the families and go right back to their gun fetish nonsense and attempting to throw the civil liberties of the mentally ill under the bus to save our willy-nilly loophole-laden gun laws from having the holes plugged.

    June 11, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Loki

    The new super left says NOBODY gets guns except criminals. Nobody can own a gun to include Police, Military, Citizens and Militia. The only guns out there should be illegal. Every baby should be aborted unless specifically wanted and let everyone out of jail. The super duper left says they are all innocent and let'm go. Time to set things right !!! No more rules or morality. Good bye GOD. Who needs ya.

    June 11, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. julie

    the folks in Newtown should roll up their streets, close all store & businesses, lock their window and doors and not let those NRA reps...........Oops I mean gop reps.........they have some nerve....8 months later, a failed gun law and they dare to show their faces to those grieving did NOTHING(& some no spine dems) for gun laws...shyt they have done ANYTHING since Jan 2009

    June 11, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Lord Yabu

    The the super duper left say Bla Bla Bla Wheel's off your Trailer is RIGHT ON. Nobody get any kind of gun OR weapon. Everyone needs an abortion ! And we all can be anyone we want. You are the bomb woman-dude !

    June 11, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. BigTBone

    This may be the only time Boehner doesn't cry.

    Show them the pictures. Tell them the stories about every single individual who lost their life that day. Be relentless until they actually give a damn about something other than money.

    June 11, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    In 1994 the Clinton administration with the support of congress passed a 10 year ban on assault weapons. I'd sure like the NRA and the GOPT/D gun lobbyiists to reveal the statistics on how many Americans guns were confiscated as a result of this 10 year ban. I'd also like to see the statistics on how many Americans were unable to protect their family and property as a result of this 10 year ban. Statistics anyone???

    June 11, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Lord Yabu

    No more guns for anyone....anyone. If you are caught with a gun you get the gas chamber. No exceptions, excuses, age limits, race cards, appeals or mercy. Sound good ? In 30 days the gun problem ends. As a gun owner I can live with that. Police get a bat and the military stores its guns somewhere far away....

    June 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. bp

    Here comes a quintessential demonstration of "lip service." Cantor and Boehner will express concern and sympathy, then take no action whatsoever. They will get the press conference they sought, however, and going forward can point to this meeting as an example of their empathy. Well played.

    June 11, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Bubba

    In the GOP mind, the sanctity of human life ends at birth. Killing a fetus is the highest of crimes, but teenage lives are not so valuable. The GOP is lost.

    June 11, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Steveo


    The gun industry OWNS the GOP.
    Kinda like the abortion industry OWNING the Liberals?

    June 11, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Christy Yamaguci

    As a conservative republican I wish I owned the abortion industry! I'd make it more efficient and profitable. I think it's great. Who would not want to abort the children of liberals !!! Count me in.... can we give more money to planned parenthood ?

    June 11, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Malory Archer



    The gun industry OWNS the GOP.
    Kinda like the abortion industry OWNING the Liberals?


    There's an INDUSTRY for that???!!! Really? REALLY???!!!

    June 11, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Thomas

    John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor , " THE DO NOTHING COWBOYS ".

    Ban Assault riffles , 30 round magazines , had guns 7 round clip only .

    June 11, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Steveo

    @Malory Archer

    There's an INDUSTRY for that???!!! Really? REALLY???!!!
    You REALLY, REALLY didn't know? Here is ONE definition of industry:

    .widespread activity: an activity that many people are involved in, especially one that has become commercialized or standardized

    Looks like the definition fits!

    June 11, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Rebel

    If you people think gun control is going to stop some of these killings you are as crazy as the ones doing the shooting. Check states in the US and check other countries that have gun control and see what kind of volience they still have, people beheaded in the streets, women raped and killings of all kinds. Guns are not the problem. A good brackground check will stop some of these quacks from getting a gun. The ones who want to rob or kill will find a way. A universal background check is not what we need either, a US background check will do the job if done right. Thanks.

    June 11, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Lord Toronaga

    The abortion industry needs to get more efficient and larger. Let's do this thing people. LEAN FORWARD. Maybe it should be mandatory for people who can't pay for their own kids. But we can all agree that killing babies is a good thing. And let's make some coin doing it !

    June 11, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. MTATL67

    I would love her their excuse for their complete and total lack of action. They are the worst Congressional leadership of the modern age.

    June 11, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Steveo

    @Christy Yamaguci and Toronaga

    Sad commentary! Truly sad!

    June 11, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. ritmocojo

    And what will come out of this other than some live tears from the Weeper of the House?

    June 11, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Lord Toronaga

    @Steveo. If you can't beat m... join m. Give them what they want...It works for everyone. We have less democrats and criminals and the get to kill babies. PERFECT.

    June 11, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. heywood

    i want to hear an explanation as to why representatives, from both parties, went against their constituents to vote down background checks. They are elected to be the voice of their constituents, right? Love to hear what they have to say about that. FYI i am a republican and im not liberal or conservative, GO

    June 11, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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