Americans Affected By Gun Violence To Attend SOTU, Speak At Gun Control Presser

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Over 100 Americans affected by gun violence will attend Obama\’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Each member of Congress gets one guest, and many opted to give their ticket to a constituent affected by gun tragedy, part of an effort spearheaded by third district Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who announced earlier today Victoria Soto\’s brother, Carlos Soto, will be attending. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is bringing Natalie Hammond, the lead teacher at Sandy Hook who survived the shooting on Dec. 14. Rep. Jim Himes will bring a guest as well.


Before the speech on Tuesday, some of the members of Congress and their guests will hold a press conference with the leaders of two gun control advocacy groups: Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Guests will have a chance to share their own personal stories and voice their opinions on gun violence prevention. Rosa DeLauro will be one of the lawmakers to speak, but Soto\’s attendance at the press conference is not yet confirmed.

One of the women who will be at the press conference is Cleopatra Cowley, the mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago last week, only days after she performed at Obama\’s Inauguration.

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3 thoughts on “Americans Affected By Gun Violence To Attend SOTU, Speak At Gun Control Presser

  1. rally for gun reform Feb 14 at capital at 11 bill

    So nice to read of a woman named Cleopatra. I have an artist friend named Nefertiti. Boy would I like to introduce them both at the same time to somebody – anybody. And keep a straight face.

    PS: I named one of my cats Nefertiti. My Nefertiti has jet black fur. The original Nefertiti was light-skinned.

    Just a tidbit of info as I rest between shovelings. I think I will be out all night long.

  2. justme

    Our approach toward gun violence so far is a bad joke. Why is there so little emphasis on violence in movies and games as well as mental health. When are we going to stop the zealots in politics and start to implement common sense. There is a lot of truth in the clique that ” guns don’t kill people, but people kill people.”

  3. John R. McCommas

    More empty symbolism. There isn’t going to be any bill passed. The Senate won’t even probably bring one up and if it did, and it passed, it will not pass the House.

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