NEWTOWN, Conn. – Mark Barden, the father of slain Sandy Hook first-grader Daniel Barden, will accompany U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to the State of the Union address Tuesday, which will be the last one from President Barack Obama.
Barden is the co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, a community organization dedicated to finding sensible solutions to prevent gun violence. His 7-year-old son Daniel was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
“Mark’s resolve and resilience in the face of unthinkable horror inspires me each and every day. He turned anger and crushing grief into action and empowerment,” said Murphy. “Too many families have spent countless sleepless nights and teary-eyed days from the heartache of losing a loved one to gun violence. At President Obama’s final State of the Union, where I hope he will challenge each and every member of Congress to finally stand up to the gun lobby and take action on the issue of gun violence, I’m proud that Mark will be by my side.”
Barden introduced Obama on Tuesday when the president announced new executive orders to reduce gun violence.
“I want to express my deep appreciation for the genuine commitment that President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Chris Murphy and our whole congressional delegation have shown toward the issue of gun violence,” said Barden.
“I would like to thank Senator Murphy for his heartfelt support for my family and continued advocacy and hard work addressing the issue of gun violence in America. The President has prioritized this issue, doing all that he can as president and as a father to protect our communities and keep our families safe. I’m honored to attend his last State of the Union address,” he continued.
Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address Tuesday at 9 p.m. from the Capitol.
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