The nation's eyes turned to tiny Newtown, Ct., exactly one month ago, after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school there. Now all eyes are on Washington, as President Obama is set to unveil new gun control proposals this week.
Monday was a somber day in Newtown.
"It is a sad honor to be here today," said Nicole Hockley, whose son was killed.
Victims' families called for "real change" on the anniversary, but stopped short of endorsing specific gun control measures.
"There is no agenda other than to make our communities and our nation a safer and better place," said parent Nelba Marquez-Greene.
The anniversary comes as Vice President Joe Biden briefed House Democrats on specific gun reforms the White House plans to propose later this week.
"What should we be doing to make sure our children are safe?"asked President Obama at a news conference Monday.
Reforms are likely to include a restriction on gun magazine sizes and universal background checks -- including gun shows.
"How we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals, and how we track that more effectively?"Obama asked.
Meantime, Mayors Against Gun Violence, which includes Allentown's and Easton's mayors, released a new television ad and a new push for an assault weapons ban.
"Enough is enough," said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. "It's time for Congress and the White House to put public health above special interest politics."
But the National Rifle Association president thinks that is unlikely.
"I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress," said NRA president David Keene.
Congress may not even get a say on some of this, though. The White House suggested Monday it may use executive orders to implement some gun control measures.
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