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www.wmfd.com - The lives of several Newtown, Connecticut families were forever changed after the elementary school massacre that killed 26 people, and this week, those families will meet with lawmakers in Washington as they mark six months since they lost their loved ones. }}" />

   
 
 
Newtown Families Meet With Lawmakers In Washington

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  Original Published: 6/11/2013  The lives of several Newtown, Connecticut families were forever changed after the elementary school massacre that killed 26 people.   This week, those families will meet with lawmakers in Washington as they mark six months since they lost their loved ones.    Ed Payne tells us what they hope to accomplish.   The last time the Newtown families came to Washington, they met with lawmakers hoping to convince them to pass tougher gun control proposals.   They had a powerful ally in President Barack Obama who urged Congress to act.   "Now I know, some of these proposals inspire more debate than others, but each of them has the support of the majority of the American people. All of them are common sense. All of them deserve a vote. All of them deserve a vote," said President Obama.   They were not successful, but not discouraged.   "We'll return home now disappointed, but not defeated. We return home with the determination that change will happen. We always knew it would be a long road but we don't have the luxury of turning back," said Mark Bardenm who lost his son at Sandy Hook Elementary School.   Now, they are coming back to Washington to meet with lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.   A spokesman for the speaker says Boehner wants to discuss ways to reduce violence.   As the families actively remember their loved ones, their actions echo the President's words.   "I'm assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words. I believe we're going to be able to get this done; sooner or later we're going to get this right," said President Obama.   The Newtown School District was placed on temporary lockdown Monday.     The Newtown High School Twitter account tweeted the district was assessing a quote "phone threat to other building."   Police would not confirm this was the reason for the lockdown.
   
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