Eleanor Holmes Norton to bring DC mass shooting victim's mother to State of the Union address
By Associated Press
Nardyne Jefferies (left) and her late daughter Brishell Jones
The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress will bring the mother of a teenage shooting victim with her to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says her invitation to Nardyne Jefferies to attend Tuesday's address is meant to call attention to the need for gun-control legislation.
Jefferies' 16-year-old daughter, Brishell Jones, was one of five young people killed in 2010 in one of the worst outbreaks of gun violence in Washington in many years. Jones died in a drive-by shooting on South Capitol Street. The series of shootings was sparked by a fight over a missing bracelet.
Norton, a Democrat, says Congress has the best opportunity since 2004 "to enact meaningful gun-safety legislation," including a ban on military-style weapons.
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