NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Six months after the Newtown school shooting, the tragedy will be marked with a moment of silence, the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases.
Family members, elected officials and other leaders will gather in Newtown Friday for a day of remembrance and a call to action. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to 25 states to build support for background checks.
The mayors group is also holding events in 10 states calling for expanded background checks. Legislation to expand background checks failed in the Senate in April.
A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met Thursday with relatives of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, who were visiting Washington on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the tragedy to push anew for gun control.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the White House commends the families' courage and determination to push for legislation to reduce gun violence. Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers failed in the Senate in April.