At Six-Month Newtown Anniversary, GOP Leaders to Meet Victims’ Families


Just before the six-month anniversary of the Newtown school shootings, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will meet with families who lost relatives in the episode, Politico reports. A spokesman for Boehner says, “He wants to hear their stories and talk about ways to reduce the culture of violence in our country.” The Republican House hasn't attempted to tighten gun laws and has shown little appetite to do so. GOP leadership has prepared some options if the Senate passed tighter gun restrictions, but a move to tighten background checks on commercial gun sales failed in March. House Republicans have privately considered renewing the current background check system, promoting legislation to deal with violence in society. A nonprofit group called Sandy Hook Promise is bringing to Capitol Hill members of seven families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.

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