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Newtown mom makes plea on U.S. gun laws

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:28

April 13 - Newtown mom replaces US President Barack Obama on weekly address to make plea on US gun laws. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIM AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY, FRANCINE WEELER SITTING NEXT TO HER HUSBAND DAVID WEELER AND SAYING: "My name is Francine Wheeler. My husband David is with me. We live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut." Their son Ben was one of 20 chidlren gunned down last year in Newtown, Connecticut. This week they joined other Newtown families to press for gun control on Capitol Hill, as Wheeler stood in for the president for his weekly address. SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIM AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY, FRANCINE WEELER SITTING NEXT TO HER HUSBAND DAVID WEELER AND SAYING: "I've heard people say that the tidal wave of anguish our country felt on 12/14 has receded. But not for us. To us, it feels as if it happened just yesterday. And in the four months since we lost our loved ones, thousands of other Americans have died at the end of a gun. Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief." The massacre spurred President Barack Obama to propose bans on more types of military-style assault weapons that appears to have a slim chance of clearing the Senate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIM AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY, FRANCINE WEELER SITTING NEXT TO HER HUSBAND DAVID WEELER AND SAYING: "We have to convince the Senate to come together and pass common-sense gun responsibility reforms that will make our communities safer and prevent more tragedies like the one we never thought would happen to us." Next week the Senate will begin what is expected to be weeks of debate on gun legislation.

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Newtown mom makes plea on U.S. gun laws

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:28