Delivering the weekly
Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was one of the 20 children killed by a gunman Dec. 14 at the Newtown school, is the first person outside the administration to give the address during Obama's presidency.
"And as a citizen, I'm here at the White House today because I want to make a difference and I hope you will join me," Wheeler said in the recorded audio and video address released Saturday morning.
Wheeler was part of a group of Newtown victims' relatives who traveled to
They flew from Connecticut with Obama, who delivered a speech April 8 at the
Describing her son's "love of fun and excitement" and his prowess at soccer and piano, Wheeler urged citizens to pressure their senators.
"Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy," Wheeler said, with her husband, David, at her side. "We have to convince the
She said the April 11 vote in the Senate to allow debate to proceed on the gun legislation was "only a start." Supporters overcame opposition from Minority Leader
The bill faces an uncertain fate in the House, where Speaker
"They haven't yet passed any bills that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," Wheeler said. "And a lot of people are fighting to make sure they never do."
The Republicans' weekly address focused on the budget. U.S. Rep.