Obama to hold moment of silence for Conn. victims

5:15 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to observe a moment of silence at the White House on Friday morning in honor of the victims of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

The White House says the president will observe the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. EST, about one week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed at the school.

Mr. Obama has asked Vice President Biden to produce recommendations on new gun laws by next month and pledged to push new legislation without delay.

The White House said the president's observance of the shootings would take place in private, without press coverage.

Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy has asked people across the state to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Places of worship and buildings with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times, for the victims at the school.

Officials and clergy in many other states have said they will also participate. Among them: New York City and state, Florida, Michigan, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Indiana, and Utah.

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