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Obama to Visit Newtown Sunday Night

The president is scheduled to attend a 7 p.m. interfaith vigil to meet the families of those killed in Friday's school shooting and to thank first responders.

Update 7:19 p.m.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Newtown to meet the families of victims killed in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and to thank first responders, according to a press release issued by the White House.

"The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School scheduled for 7 p.m.," the press release said. "More details will be released as they are available."

According to the Hartford Courant, Obama will not make any public appearances during his visit.

Original Story:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted that the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit early next week.

"We don't know when at this point," Boughton said.

The helicopters visited Danbury Municipal Airport and other locations in the city. The mayor didn't know if the helicopters visited Newtown yet.

"Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team. No details on what day the President is coming," was one of the mayor's Tweets.

Airport Administrator Paul Estefan declined to say anything at all about the helicopters or the president or any visit. Estefan said when President Clinton visited Danbury, the advance team arrived three months before the visit.

"They are scouting landing locations. He's not with them," Boughton Tweeted, referring to the president.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting began at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. In all, 27 people were killed, police said, including 20 children. Among the adults killed were the school’s beloved principal and psychologist.

The identities of all victims have been established, according to State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. Families of those killed have asked that no media members press them for interviews.

joshua tanner December 16, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Hope he doesn't pull another fake crying performance. That was embarrassing to watch. This IS a guy who voted to allow babies injured in an abortion to die - and he got a couple hundren Mexicans killed with fast and Furious. Using this tragedy for politcs is about as low as I have ever seen
George Powers December 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Thank You for going Mr. President.
Ann Fanizzi December 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Action that platitudes, not empty gestures, must be the response of the President sworn to protect the general welfare. The innocents that lost their lives must not have been sacrificed in vain. A new NRA - No Rifles in America. Support Mayor Bloomberg's campaign to ban assault rifles.
William McCormack December 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The better question is why the mother of this kid didnt have her guns secured properly, knowing the issues her son has had. I'm not pro or anti NRA but with ownership of guns comes responsibilty to safeguard them.
Ann Fanizzi December 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Correction - Action not platitudes
Issy December 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
What nonsense you write the 'low' you talk about is your own. And your abortion comment is unwarranted. It is the President's role to lead the nation at times like this and maybe, just maybe you could put aside your pointless partisan rhetoric and abject hate for Obama and recognize that.
Ann Fanizzi December 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM
There is still a great deal to be learned from this murderous episode among seemingly idyllic and safe Newtown.
Hugh Marshall December 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
It's call an election, Joshua. We won -- and you lost. And guess what, Joshua -- you'll never see one of your guys in the White House -- that's NEVER, as in the rest of your life. 332-206. Does it hurt yet?
Mike December 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I dont think this is the time or space for political comments from anyside. This is a time for national grieving. The POTUS is going to Newton not just as a man, but in a sense he is taking all of us with him and letting these people know we care for them, hurt with them, and are there to support them. I for one will pray for President Obama that he conveys these sentiments as best he can.
joshua tanner December 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"National grieving" is being overdone. All the excesssive reporting and commemorating actually incites people looking for attention. Now we have the medicla examiner talking about the injuries in a gratuitous fashion. I have no doubt the media would like to show photos and then blame the NRA.. The CDC put out guidlines for reporting suicide so that they didn't glrify it: "ASPECTS OF NEWS COVERAGE THAT CAN PROMOTE SUICIDE CONTAGION" Engaging in repetitive, ongoing, or excessive reporting of suicide in the news. Providing sensational coverage of suicide. Reporting "how-to" descriptions of suicide. Glorifying suicide or persons who commit suicide. News coverage is less likely to contribute to suicide contagion when reports of community expressions of grief (e.g., public eulogies, flying flags at half-mast, and erecting permanent public memorials) are minimized. Such actions may contribute to suicide contagion by suggesting to susceptible persons that society is honoring the suicidal behavior of the deceased person, rather than mourning the person's death. " http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00031539.htm
joshua tanner December 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This article as well: "The Media is an Accomplice in Public Shootings: A Call for a "Stephen King" Law" This week, I watched in horror with most of America, as yet another person unleashed a furry of bullets in a busy Portland, Oregon, mall killing two and injuring others. But my horror was twofold. The first misery came as I heard the names and numbers of victims and thought about the pain they and their families will endure for the rest of their lives. The second dose came as I held my breath, hoping and praying the media wouldn’t amplify the violence. But they did. They did exactly what they needed to do to influence the next perpetrator to lock and load. 1.They named the shooter. 2.They described his characteristics. 3.They detailed the crime. 4.They numbered the victims. 5.They ranked him against other “successful” attackers. Public shootings are a contagion. And the media are consistent accomplices in most every one of them... http://www.forbes.com/sites/josephgrenny/2012/12/13/the-media-is-an-accomplice-in-public-shootings-a-call-for-a-stephen-king-law/
Aris December 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Guarding the guns... Sure, OK. But that is just another patch on a broken wall. I am OK with people owning these guns if they like their looks, but what do they need the amo for? Are we at war? And, just remember, this could just as well have happened here, to our children! I applaud the President for coming to Newtown, but I would like to see some real and meaningful gun control passed NOW!
Aris December 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Is the media really the problem? Really??
joshua tanner December 16, 2012 at 07:38 PM
"If the shooter's mother had not been a gun enthusiast who felt the need to stock her home with assault rifles, these children would be alive today." If someone had a gun at the school the shooter would be dead. Its crazy to leave defenseless kids all bunched up in one place with no defense. A guy sliced 23 kids in China the same day as Connecticut shooting. If broken schools and families are going to keep producing destabilized kids then schools better have more in the way of protection than silly "Gun Free Zone" signs
Rabbi Mark Sameth December 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I'm asking President Obama to lead the country on this issue by signing the "Gun Control Now" petition at http://signon.org/sign/gun-control-now-1?source=homepage and supporting the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence. http://www.bradycampaign.org/ I hope you will too.
Aris December 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You are leaving in a dream Joshua. Have you ever heard about something called a "sucker's punch"? Even Mohamed Ali (or Rambo) would be able to defend themselves against that. And you are dealing with exactly that situation here, and elsewhere. Wake up and smell the roses. But if YOU do not want that, OK. The rest of us do.
Aris December 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Rabbi Sameth, I am already on board, and I too encourage all of us who think the same to do this as well.
TurkishTaffy December 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Stick to praying for America.
George Powers December 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Well said.
George Powers December 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I'm happy that the children in China weren't killed.
Aris December 17, 2012 at 03:39 AM
correction: Even Mohamed Ali (or Rambo) would NOT be able to defend themselves against that.
mark December 17, 2012 at 04:05 AM
'If someone had a gun at the school the shooter would be dead' let me guess, it would someone like this guy Josh who could have saved everyone (or anyone). Josh is nothing more than an example of someone who couldnt care less what happens to others as long as he has his guns. this whole thing was the direct fault of the mother who like all too many gun owners, dont lock them up. they live in a fantasy world of thinking they are going to save someone when the real truth is that whoever they are up against will have their pants down before they know their belt was undone.
Criss Chross December 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The first step a totalitarian government does to suppress its people is to take away their weapons. To get rid of guns is asinine. Why not ban all baseball bats or gasoline? Can they not be wielded to inflict damage and injury? Strict background checks and responsible storage and use are what's needed. If someone wants to carry out an act like this badly enough, and doesn't care if they live or die, there's really nothing that can be done to prevent that. When you take away the fear of death in the criminal, there's really no one that can't be killed. The reason there was no threat of a land invasion on US soil in WWII was that if that happened, there'd "be a gun behind every bush" People like to try to make broad sweeping generalizations about guns after some nut job shoots up a school / church / office / ect. But that's just what it is, one isolated individual. It's the individual that bears the responsibility for his or her actions, not some inanimate object.
Criss Chross December 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Every other civilized country in the world? What are you talking about? Criminal / unbalanced individual / sociopath are all interchangeable. You defend the fact that he wasn't a criminal, well he sure as hell made up for that when he began this heinous act. A .22 caliber weapon was actually the preferred assassination weapon in close range, since the velocity of the bullet cannot exit the skull once it enters and sprawls off the inner surfaces. A .22 caliber bullet is a step or two above a BB gun. An assault rifle when properly cared for is no more dangerous than any other type of weapon. Now you may mean an automatic weapon, which I would agree has no place in a civilian's hands. Your assault weapon argument is like saying people can't drive a Corvette because it's faster than other cars. Whether it's a Corvette or a Prius, if wielded improperly, someone can get hurt.

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