WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Connecticut April 8 to step up the pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass gun control legislation.
The president is scheduled to speak at the University of Hartford, a White House official said Tuesday on condition of anonymity since the trip had not yet been officially announced. Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 are being invited to attend.
In recognition of the intense effort involved in handling the emergency radio telecommunications traffic that stemmed from the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South has received an Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award.
Sharing the award with Newtown was a similar emergency communications center for Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting incident occurred in a movie theater last July 20.
On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.
I think that appreciation for the Newtown Police Department has never been as high as it is now after the events of 12/14. Having been thrust into a situation for which there is no adequate preparation and having to live with the aftermath on a day-to-day basis goes way beyond what would be considered normal professional duties.
The families of the Sandy Hook school massacre victims delivered a precise, unequivocal and timely message to legislators Monday: The current bipartisan proposal by the legislature's leaders to ban the sale, but not the possession, of high-capacity ammunition magazines is inadequate.
Prior to the vote on gun legislation held Monday, April 1, at the State Capitol, the following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, in the office of Senator John McKinney. Speaking briefly at the press conference was Nicole Hockley, the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade student Dylan Hockley, who perished 12/14. Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach who died at the school 12/14, read the letter.
Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein want more information about how much money has been collected by dozens of charities that have sprung up in the wake of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. The state officials also hope to identify the intended recipients of money collected or already disbursed.