Opening President Obama’s radio and internet address, Francine Wheeler bravely and heart-wrenchingly begged listeners and lawmakers to allow common sense gun law initiatives to move forward. Keep reading to watch this heartbroken mother’s emotional appeal.
Francine Wheeler, the mother of a six-year-old who was devastatingly murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, filled in for President Obama on his radio and internet address to submit the most touching plea for gun control we’ve seen yet.
Newtown Mom: ‘Help Us Do Something’
With her husband, David, by her side, Francine delivered an extremely moving speech detailing her family’s traumatic experiences and then begging lawmakers to not let something like Sandy Hook ever happen again.
While fighting off tears, Francine said, “I’m at the White House today, because I want to make a difference and I hope you will join me.”
“I’ve heard people say that the tidal wave of anguish our country felt on 12/14 has receded, but not for us. To us it feels as if it happened just yesterday. And in the four months since we lost our loved ones, thousands of other Americans have died at the end of a gun. Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief.”
Francine then begged, “Please, help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy” and strongly pleaded for stricter gun control, saying, “We have to convince the Senate to come together and pass common sense gun responsibility reforms.”
Francine Wheeler Remembers Her Son
While wearing a green pin in honor of Sandy Hook and begging for gun control, Francine also spoke touchingly in remembrance of her son, Ben. “Ben’s love of fun and his excitement at the wonders of life were unmatched,” the proud mother said. “His boundless energy kept him running across the soccer field long after the game was over. And he couldn’t wait to get to school every morning.”
Francine bravely stated that she is compelled to stand up for what’s right in the name of her slain son: “I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do, for him and all the others taken from us so violently and too soon.”
We are so proud of Francine for overcoming unimaginable grief to deliver such an eloquent, moving speech. Her plea will not fall on deaf ears, and we truly hope that it moves people to action.
WATCH: Sandy Hook Mother’s Heartbreaking Plea For Gun Control In The US
— Andrew Gruttadaro