Newtown Mom to Give Obama's Weekly Address
Francine Wheeler will try to keep up pressure for gun laws
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 4:13 PM CDT
Francine Wheeler, mother of Sandy Hook victim Ben Wheeler, listens to Vice President Joe Biden speak during a gun-violence conference in Danbury, Conn., Feb. 21.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – The president's weekly radio address tomorrow will probably get more attention than usual, precisely because it won't be the president delivering it. Instead, the mother of one of the young Newtown victims will fill in, reports USA Today. Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son Ben was killed at Sandy Hook, will try to keep up the pressure on Congress to put meaningful reforms in place. It's the first time that neither Obama nor Joe Biden has given the address in the Obama presidency, notes NBC News.

Earlier this week, the president spoke in Connecticut: "Over the weekend, I heard Francine Wheeler, who lost her son Ben that day, say that the four months since the tragedy might feel like a brief moment for some, but for her, it feels like it's been years since she saw Ben," he said. "And she's determined not to let what happened that day just fade away."

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Apr 13, 2013 6:37 PM CDT
Pity party joins the Obama party!
Apr 13, 2013 5:48 PM CDT
I hate how these people are being used for political gain, like when the mother of a service member who died was being used against the U.S. military to blame President Bush and the war for her child who died fighting. Grief is hell on earth on some level and the grief of a parent losing a child is unimagineable. But changing laws against law abiding people because someone has a political slant or issue, to me is also heavy for those who will have to live in this new world where bravery has no consequences of danger, evil men are legislated but only the law abiding are punished, we don't listen to each other because obviously in this world the majority is right so lets destroy the views of the few. This use to be a place where we all had a say and each view was given respect. When certain gun legislation didn't flow through the whole country, we as a people on some level don't seem to have the ability to say, "OK this part of the country does not agree and this part does". Thats not enough I see, the views of those who always talk about a democratic society don't like it when things don't go "their" way. Like the kid who says, "lets play this game", but when the rules don't fit to their liking, they take the ball they brought and get mad and threaten to take it home so the rest can't play at all until of course "they" get what they want. Look at the kid who did the shooting in Newtown, he looked crazy! I bet all the signs were there but someone probably said, "Oh he will be ok, I will just leave my gun of Any Type RRRRRRight here. Really? What normal person does that anywhere? So, now anyone who uses guns for protection, or likes a certain type of rifle or pistol must be on the road to committing this same type of horror. If I really trust the founding fathers, and I do, I gotta believe on some level they had some experience with Old England trying to stuff crap down their throat. So they said, "Hey, lets start a new country and put some stuff in writing to protect those who will come after us, to protect this country from having things shoved down their throat again as well. The founding fathers, gotta love those guys, you probably couldn't get them to all support the same sports team, but they understood freedoms and how precious life is with them and without them.
Apr 13, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
i've been following this argument closely since i own a couple of these evil black rifles, and i'm having trouble understanding what good ANY of the proposed "solutions" is going to do.