Newtown Mom Pleads for Gun Control at White House

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

 Do something "before our tragedy becomes your tragedy." ~Francine Wheeler

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Senate considers proposed gun legislation, the White House is helping the families of the children and educators gunned down at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School last December ensure their voices are heard.

Francine Wheeler delivered the president's weekly radio and Internet address, making a personal plea for action to combat gun violence.Her 6-year-old son, Ben, was killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Wheeler says thousands of families are drowning in her family's grief and asks for help to do something, in her words, "before our tragedy becomes your tragedy."

Wheeler is the first person to deliver the address other than Obama or Vice President Joe Biden since the two took office in 2009.

The Republicans are focusing on the budget in their weekly address. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana criticizes the tax increases President Barack Obama has proposed in his $3.8 trillion budget blueprint. She calls it "a blank check for more spending and more debt," though she acknowledges "signs of common ground" in Obama's proposals for entitlement reforms.

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