Congressman Jim Langevin, D-R.I., persuaded 40 of his colleagues to give up their ticket to the State of the Union to a person affected by gun violence. The Democratic congressman says he was motivated by the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
"It had a profound effect on the entire country," says Langevin. "My concern was that the news cycle moves on after a period of time and we're onto other things, and I don't want us to lose focus on the tragedy of Newtown."
"We need to act and we need to keep the pressure on, we need to keep the focus on."
The Rhode Island congressman is himself a victim of an accidental gun shooting. As a 16-year-old, Langevin was shot while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program. A weapons expert handling a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, not realizing a round rested in the chamber, pulled the trigger, bouncing a bullet off a metal locker and striking the teenager in the neck, severing his spinalRead More »from Congressman paralyzed by gun showcases victims of gun violence at State of the Union