U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and four of her Democratic colleagues in the House are asking members to bring someone whose life has been marred by gun violence to the State of the Union address next month.
Each member is permitted to bring one guest to the speech, which will be delivered on Feb. 12.
DeLauro, along with Reps. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and David Cicilline and Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, have sent a letter to members of the House Democratic caucus asking each of them to invite a person who’s been impacted by gun violence.
“It is vital that we include the American public and give a voice to our constituents as we search for comprehensive solutions to this problem,” the letter states. “In December, President Obama declared that addressing gun-related violence would be a ‘central issue’ as he opens his second term.
“It is our hope that their presence in the House Gallery will send a strong message that it is long past time to act.”