NEWTOWN, Conn.—As families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings travel to Hartford to join President Barack Obama at his speech on gun violence later on Monday—and fly with him back to Washington—many residents here said they did not want the gun-control spotlight shone on them.
More than a dozen people—outside the Newtown General Store, Starbucks and Panera Bread, and at Treadwell Memorial Park less than a mile up the hill from Sandy Hook Elementary—declined to be interviewed on the subject. Some said they wanted to keep their opinions to themselves. Others said they felt the media had exploited them enough and wanted to be left alone.
"I thought you all had left," one man said cheerily as he strolled along a walking path in Sandy Hook center on one of the first truly warm days of spring.
Outside Edmond Town Hall, a group of mothers sipped coffee as they watched their children play underneath a sign for a second-run showing of the movie "Argo." They politelyRead More »from In Newtown, a gun debate does not rage on—at least in public