Washington: Holding back tears, the mother of a six year-old boy, who was murdered alongside 19 other children in Connecticut four months ago, made a passionate plea from the White House for Americans and their leaders to embrace her call for stricter gun control laws. In a significant departure from the past, US President Barack Obama had asked Francine Wheeler to deliver his weekly radio and web address to the nation.
She is the first person to deliver the address other than Obama or Vice President Joe Biden since the two took office in 2009. Wheeler was joined by her husband David to deliver the weekly address.
Their son Ben was shot dead in the Connecticut school violence in December. Since that terrible day in December, thousands more Americans have died, and thousands more families have suffered the pain of losing a loved one to violence, Ben's mother said.
Now that the Senate has agreed that gun safety reforms deserve a vote, they must finish the job and pass those reforms to protect our children and our communities, Wheeler said. "When I packed for Washington on Monday, it looked like the Senate might not act at all. Then, after the President spoke in Hartford, and a dozen of us met with Senators to share our stories, more than two-thirds of the Senate voted to move forward," Wheeler said in her address to the nation....more
07:53 PM, Apr 13, 2013
Washington: Members of the Sikh community joined other religious leaders in urging the US Congress to pass strict gun control laws to prevent the recent surge in gun violence in the country, including the one at a Wisconsin Gurdwara in 2012. The religious leaders gathered on the National Mall in Washington on Friday amidst a makeshift graveyard -- 3,300 grave markers in all representing the number of people who have...
01:59 AM, Apr 13, 2013
Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday made one more push to have strict gun control laws, with back ground checks, through the US Congress where lawmakers are resisting his move. Reminding an audience in Hartford, Connecticut, about the death of innocent people due to several shooting incidents across the country including the firing on Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin, Obama said his fight is not about him. "This is not...
03:05 PM, Apr 09, 2013