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Boehner, Cantor to Meet With Newtown Families

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 11:28 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor plan to meet Thursday with some Newtown, Conn., families whose lives were torn apart by the tragic shootings there last December.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the Ohio Republican "wants to hear their stories and talk about ways to reduce the culture of violence in our country."

Seven families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to bring back the gun control debate, reports Politico. They are part of a nonprofit group called Sandy Hook Promise, which came together after the shootings to spark a dialogue on gun control laws.

Their visit this week to Capitol Hill will mark the six-month anniversary of the mass shootings, which happened on Dec. 14.

The Republican-controlled House has made no move toward producing any new gun control legislation since the shooting and, according to Politico, there's no indication that it intends to move in that direction now.

But privately, some House Republicans have talked about doing something to address the gun violence in society, including the possibility of bringing up a bill authored in the Senate by Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Their measure would address a number of issues, including ways to strengthen enforcement of current gun laws, prevent straw purchases and trafficking, beef up school security, and to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

In addition to meeting with Boehner and Cantor, the families plans to meet with other members of both the House and Senate to push for the reintroduction of background check legislation for all gun sales, which failed last March in the Senate. They also plan to discuss mental health legislation.

The anniversary of the shootings will be observed Friday in Newtown by a moment of silence led by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The anniversary will also mark the kickoff of a national bus tour by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help raise awareness about gun violence and push for passage of a universal background check law.

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