HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- The President's visit comes at a crucial time as negotiators in the US Senate are attempting to cobble together some sort of bill in reaction to the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
This is the second time the President has come to Connecticut since the tragedy at Sandy Hook ignited a national call for new gun control, but as he comes here, reports from Washington indicate that the push is faltering.
A ban on assault style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines, as approved in Connecticut and Colorado, does not appear to have the necessary votes in the U.S. Senate.
"The more we get further from the event of the horrible tragedy on December 14th, the less persuasive the voices are, the less persuasive government action at the local and state level is," said First Selectman Pat Llodra.
Several of the Sandy Hook Family members will be traveling to Washington for the specific purpose of personal appeals to members of the Senate.
"Going to be talking to folks in the Senate to keep the public attention and to remind the senators of the price of political inaction, this is the price that's being paid by communities around this country," said Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
Even the provision for universal background checks, which opinion polls indicate has wide public support appears to be having difficulty in senate negotiations.
"It's time for us to step up and take common sense steps, which the vast majority of the American people support criminal background checks for every sale of a gun, this is not controversial for the American people, it is for the NRA, but not for the American people," said Esty.
"The time is now, we need to take action, they need to demonstrate the kind of courage and bipartisanship that the legislature in Connecticut have evidenced. I think we, I don't know if it's going to make a difference, but I know that we need to continue to try," said Llodra.
The President will meet with the Sandy Hook families prior to his speech.
In the speech he will say Congress owes an obligation to these families, and the many other victims of gun violence, to act on his gun control proposals.
Eleven parents of children killed in the tragedy at Sandy Hook will fly to Washington with the President on Air Force One tonight following the speech.
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