Bloomberg, Biden meets with Newtown families in meeting about gun control

Posted at 10:06 AM, Mar 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-21 10:06:56-04

The focus of the gun control debate may have been on Washington and Connecticut but it shifts back to City Hall Thursday.

Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will make another push for what they call a common sense federal gun control law according to the Bloomberg Administration.

The pair will converge at City Hall with the families of some of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

In Newtown emotions are still raw following the December massacre of 20 children and 6 adults.  Every day cards and letters continue to pour in but now there’s news this week that gun control legislation being considered in Washington probably won’t include a ban on assault weapons and a limit to gun magazine size.

Alexandra Thompson told CNN she has a petition urging a ban on assault weapons in her store’s window. ” You don’t need that kind of gun to protect yourself. ” She went on to say, “Everyday they came in wanting to know where they could sign the petition so I don’t know.  Shame on congress, that’s all I have to say.”

While parents of victims are coming to city hall they have also gone to Washington to make personal appeals to lawmakers.  Neil Heslin’s son Jessie was killed at Sandy Hook.  He testified before a senate committee in February, where he called for a ban on assault weapons.

Crying he told the panel ” I’m Jessie’s dad, he was murdered on December 14th twenty minutes after I dropped him off.”  He says assault weapons are intended for the battlefield, that’s what they are made to do.

Back here the Bloomberg administration says Thursday’s meeting is not a reaction to the changes in Washington but a meeting that was already planned.