House Democrats have found a way to make their point at the State of the Union address, scheduled on Tuesday, February 12th. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi is bringing a fourth grade student and her mother from Newtown, CT. The girl does not attend Sandy Hook, but wrote to Pelosi describing how gun violence has impacted her.
The girl sent Pelosi a letter explaining how she has been affected by gun violence. “What everyone in Newtown wants, is for you to ban semi automatic weapons and large capacity magazines and to make everyone use gun safes. This is important so that a person cannot shoot many people at once, and/or injure people badly,” the girl wrote. “This ban will help prevent individuals, families and communities from suffering the way we are in Newtown.”
Another Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen from Maryland is planning to bring Carol Price, a mother who lost her son John to gun violence. According to Van Hollen, a result of John’s death was Maryland legislation which now requires trigger locks on firearms.
News of their plans comes amid an effort by a group of House Democrats to get all lawmakers in their party to bring gun violence victims to the State of the Union, in an effort to keep up the pressure for new gun safety laws. Ten lawmakers were confirmed to participate in the effort earlier this week; that number is now up to 21.
In addition to Pelosi and Van Hollen, Democrats taking part in the effort include Reps. Jim Langevin (R.I.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Gloria Negrete McLeod (Calif.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), Janice Hahn (Calif.), Bobby Scott (Va.), Brad Schneider (Ill.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Elizabeth Esty (Conn.), Mike Thompson (Calif.), Jim Himes (Conn.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Lujan Grisham (N.M.).