At least 20 House Democrats are planning to bring people harmed by gun violence as their guests to attend President Obama's State of the Union Address next week.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Friday that she invited a fourth grader from Newtown, Conn., and her mother, to the Feb. 12 event. The student doesn't attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the December mass-shooting that took the lives of 20 children and sparked the nation to debate the need for new gun regulations. She attends a nearby school and had written Pelosi a letter urging Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, the Huffington Post reports.
It's a campaign that got started last month when five House Democrats sent a letter urging all lawmakers in their party to invite people touched by gun violence to the president's annual address to the nation. "It is our hope that their presence in the House gallery will send a strong message that it is long past time to act," the letter said, Politico reports.
President Obama recently announced a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that includes universal background checks and banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, following up on a promise to take meaningful action after the elementary school massacre. Congress is considering the measures.