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Frankel to bring mother of Newtown victim as guest to State of the Union

by George Bennett | February 11th, 2013

Freshman U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will bring the mother of a 7-year-old killed in the Newtown massacre to Tuesday night’s State of the Union as her guest.

Frankel’s office announced that Lynn McDonnell, whose daughter Grace was among the 20 children and six staff killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, will attend President Barack Obama‘s speech as Frankel’s guest. McDonnell’s husband will attend as the guest of U.S. Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif.

Said Frankel: “Like so many Americans I have been inspired and moved by the families who lost loved ones in the Newtown tragedy. When I look into the eyes of Newtown parents like Lynn and Chris McDonnell, I want to be able to tell them that our kids should have the freedom to be safe at school and that our Congress is ready to pass meaningful laws that will help prevent future gun violence tragedies.”

Frankel advocates a variety of gun-control measures, including a ban on high-capacity magazines, background checks for purchasers at gun shows and a ban on semiautomatic guns classified as “assault weapons.”

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