Newtown Families Balancing Grief with Advocacy

A grassroots group is inviting family members of shooting victims to an event next week.

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    Police stand guard at the entrance to the Sandy School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The families of the people killed in the Newtown elementary school shooting are weighing whether and how to get involved in the national gun-control debate.

    Sandy Hook Promise, a grassroots group formerly known as Newtown United, is inviting family members to an event next week where it will reveal an initiative to prevent tragedies similar to the Dec. 14 shooting that left 26 people dead.
     

    One mother also has been clamoring for a say in Washington, but people close to other families say the pain is still too raw to enter the realm of advocacy.
     

     John Engel has a cousin whose 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, was killed in the shooting. He says his family is hearing out the groups but is focused right now on just getting through the next month.