Obama to mark Sandy Hook school shooting anniversary: White House
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama this weekend will mark the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 20 young children dead, the White House said on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013.
The President and First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday plan to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed 26 lives, including 20 six- and seven-year-old children.
"On Saturday, December 14, the President and First Lady will honour the lives and legacies of the children and educators lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago by observing a moment of silence at the White House," a White House official said.
Mr Obama had hoped that the Sandy Hook tragedy would become a rallying cry for long overdue gun reform, including tougher background checks on those seeking to purchase firearms.