Obama taking Newtown families to Washington

Washington — When he returns to Washington on Air Force One from his speech this evening on gun-control at the University of Hartford, President Obama will be accompanied by 11 residents of Newtown who lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Newtown families will spend two days lobbying senators to pass gun-safety legislation.

Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old victim Jesse; Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach; and Mark and Jackie Barden, parents of 7-year-old Daniel, will be among those on the Air Force One flight to Washington.

A White House official said that before the president delivers his remarks Monday, he will meet with families of victims and survivors of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary as well as with first responders.