Newtown Will Be Well Represented at State of the Union Address

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Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims sits at a small memorial near the school on Jan. 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut.

While the attendance of Ted Nugent at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address presumably guarantees camera-time for the rocker-and-gun-enthusiast, especially when the speech focuses on gun control, other guests in the U.S. House gallery audience also will be paying special attention to the issue.

Those in the audience will include Pat Llodra, the chief administrator for Newtown, Connecticut, where the killing of 20 elementary school students and six adults has spurred new efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those who would commit mass murder. Llodra was invited to hear Obama by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat.

Attending at the behest of Connecticut’s other senator, Democrat Chris Murphy, will be two of the first-responders at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the Dec. 14 massacre occurred: Newtown police detectives Jason Frank and Dan McAnaspie.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, meanwhile, has invited a fourth-grader who attends a different Newtown elementary school and who wrote a letter urging Congress to ban semi-automatic assault weapons. Pelosi’s office didn’t identify the child.


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