Conn. Shooting Families Balancing Grief, Advocacy

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The families of the people killed in the Newtown elementary school shooting are weighing whether and how to get involved in the national gun-control debate.

Sandy Hook Promise, a grassroots group formerly known as Newtown United, is inviting family members to an event next week where it will reveal an initiative to prevent tragedies similar to the Dec. 14 shooting that left 26 people dead.

One mother also has been clamoring for a say in Washington, but people close to other families say the pain is still too raw to enter the realm of advocacy.

John Engel has a cousin whose 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, was killed in the shooting. He says his family is hearing out the groups but is focused right now on just getting through the next month.

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