Updated 7:18 pm ET
President Obama will ferry eleven family members of Newtown victims aboard Air Force One to Washington to lobby on gun control, Politico reports.
Obama is appearing today in Hartford, Connecticut to speak about the gun issue, and the Newtown family members will hitch a ride back.
Okay, I understand these are victims of a horrible tragedy. But if they’re taking on a political role, is it really proper for the White House to be providing their transportation?
What would the White House say if Speaker Boehner arranged to fly NRA members to Washington on government-provided transportation.
Of course, the families members are merely hoping to . . .
. . . encourage “senators to come together around legislative proposals that will both save lives and respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Sandy Hook Promise, the nonprofit organizing the response to the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
They’re uniters, not dividers, like those bad NRA people.
UPDATE: From the pool report out of Hartford:
Motorcade rolling back to Bradley Air National Guard Base at 6:21pm
It is an extra long motorcade to accommodate the Newtown family members who are flying back to Washington with POTUS.
Your pooler observed some Newtown family members get into adjacent vans in the motorcade. Lawmakers including Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy loaded another van.
The pooler noted that one man bucked the choreography with a sign saying “support the Second Amendment.”