In White House, Newtown mom pleads for gun control

Mother fills in for President Obama during weekly radio address.
Associated Press
Apr 14, 2013

The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence.

"Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief," said Francine Wheeler, choking back tears in the address broadcast Saturday. "Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy."

Ben Wheeler was among the 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the Dec. 14 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Francine Wheeler was the first person to deliver the address other than Obama or Vice President Joe Biden since the two took office in 2009.

Her husband, David Wheeler, sat silently next to her as she made the recording in the White House Library. Both wore the small green pins that have become a symbol of the shooting.

Obama asked Wheeler to deliver this week's address, which was taped Friday. The White House said Wheeler and her husband wrote the remarks.

"Sometimes, I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day waiting at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse for the boy who would never come home — the same firehouse that was home to Ben's Tiger Scout Den 6," Francine Wheeler said. "But other times, I feel Ben's presence filling me with courage for what I have to do, for him and all the others taken from us so violently and too soon."

Some of the Sandy Hook families, with Obama's blessing, have launched a stepped-up effort to push a gun control bill through Congress.

Obama traveled Monday to Hartford, Conn., about an hour's drive from Newtown, to make his case for action. On the return trip to Washington, he brought back 12 of the victims' family members, who have been meeting with senators.

The Senate is considering a Democratic bill backed by Obama that would expand background checks, strengthen laws against illegal gun trafficking and slightly increase school security aid. The bill passed its first hurdle on Thursday, and senators will vote on amendments to the legislation in the coming week.

Its fate in the Republican-controlled House is uncertain.

Shortly after the vote Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the voices of the Newtown families may have been the decisive factor.

In the Republicans' weekly address, freshman Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana criticized the tax increases Obama proposed in the $3.8 trillion budget blueprint he unveiled Wednesday, calling it "a blank check for more spending and more debt."

Although she acknowledged that Obama's budget "offers signs of common ground" in the form of entitlement reforms the GOP has previously requested, she said it's wrongheaded for Obama to insist he'll only agree to those reforms if Congress also agrees to higher taxes.




Big Dog:
You'll never admit it but a Person of color (Mainly Black) is a lot safer in a gun toting state or area than in Illinois, mainly Chicago. I have many black friends, I'm not racist but it's the White half of O'bama that I strongly dislike and don't trust. Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, none of whom are black is the category I associate O'Bama, again, His white half.

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Here is #2.

S w Rand 2016

Really reaching there, huh..trying to uncover a #2 racist around here? I guess it sucks to be the only one in the line-up, mm?

"I have exorciiiiised a deemonnn.
This clea-yuh."


Mabee we should ban idiots???

Rich Close

The Gun Violence Task Force testimony by another Newton parent with a different view, which isn't surprisingly ignored by one sided political newspapers who only print articles that support their personal biases.

With Video of father of murdered son telling the side the major news agencies have blocked.

tell it how it is

People on here make me so me so mad. Honestly, how can people be so damn ignorant and, honestly, show nothing but pure retardation.

Think any laws will help stop the gun violence? That's absolutely hilarious.


yeah i'm not sure why that darn "GUN FREE ZONE" sign didn't work???

The Big Dog's back

So you are suggesting confiscation?

Darwin's choice

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Darwin's choice

Well, my blathering commenter, your reading comprehension must be bordering illerate. No "NEW" laws is the discussion, maybe enforcing the laws we already have is an answer, NOT confiscation. Careful, remember they're putting people in prison now for being fools!

Darwin's choice

And then, in another "cut off your nose to spite your face move".

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Chicago, Illinois Obama's hometown, has the toughest gun control laws in the country and has one of the highest homicide and gun violence rates in the country.....

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Big Dog's Law has been invoked.


Let the mooching spree begin!!!!

your master

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The Republicans are not using these poor victims as political pawns like the democrapparers are...

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Oh no, you Repubs didn't exploit 9/11 victims. Nah. Nada. nine.

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9/11 results of a democrapper in the Oral Office for 8 years ignoring terrorism...


Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for that."


A rich man's game is said to be golf and conservatives are referred to as the wealthy class. No go figure, Tiger Woods is admired by most golfers especially the Pros. I wonder how the Race card thinking fits in? Whenever failure sets in the easiest place to blame is the race issue. "Our" President is a complete failure. not because He's Black but because He hasn't been truthful. He's a failure only because He hadn't accomplished anything showing He could run our Country and He aims to take it down to His level.

your master

Let's dig up Ronnie Reagan and ask him what to do. Oh that's right he wouldn't be able to remember.

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If you want brain dead just ask Joe foot in my mouth Biden...

"Saved by a Semi automatic “assault” rifle, the story of Koreatown during the LA riots"


Hey, I am not against more stringent background checks; scary to know that people like pooch and chemo could own guns.

I find it sad and disgusting that disingenuous politicians use tragedies to front their agenda. I honestly believe those such as Bloomburg and Feinstein love a good tragedy. We could fill the Whitehouse with more parents that lost kids in cars, pools, fires, or falls. Thousands of adults will be victims of medical malpractice; that’s a fact. I never hear anything about banning pools, governing cars to 55mph, or mandatory fire suppression units in every home. It doesn’t make good media. (Save the BS about those items not being designed to kill, because they sure do at an alarming pace)

You don’t hesitate to get in a vehicle, still the most dangerous thing a person will do on daily basis. Many laws regarding vehicles, licensing, registration, safety standards and so on; yet most any idiot can get behind a wheel, even those that are not supposed to. Are we going to micro- chip cars to our wrist or hold people accountable when their vehicle gets stolen; probably not. With all these kids dying in cars and drowning each year I would expect an executive order very soon; limiting pools to just 3 teaspoons of water and muscle cars will be outlawed. I mean what kind of idiot put their kids in an assault minivan and drives down to Walmart to pick up an inflatable death trap swimming pool, some deadly propane for grill, a pack of generic artery clogging hot dogs and a new chain for the swingset?

A novel concept that would help a little bit; hey judges keep violent criminals in jail or execute them.Disturbing that police have to petition judges to do this.

Home Boy

Wish we had as much border control as we currently have with gun control.


Remember history. Riots happened in the past and they will happen in the future. Will the police be there for you? What if for some reason the food stores run out of food? It can happen. What will you do when a mob of over 20 is breaking into your home for food or to rape your loved ones and children? Will your 3 shot shotgun or 6 shot revolver stop 20 or more in the mob? Think about it. Think about the LA riots of 1992. Riots will come. Are you ready for them? Will Barney Fife be able to help you?


Another troll and flamer with the "tin foil hat" phrase.