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South Florida lawmakers want to bring attention to gun violence at Tuesday's State of Union

In a move to highlight the need for gun control legislation, two South Florida lawmakers, Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel, will bring those directly impacted by gun violence to Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said she will accompany Megan Hobson, a 17-year-old from Hialeah who survived a drive-by shooting last May. She was hit by a bullet that entered through the trunk of a car and helped save the life of a two-year-old passenger, according to the congresswoman's staff. Hobson spent three weeks under intensive care at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Hobson, now a senior at Miami-Dade's American Senior High, will join Wasserman Schultz at a news conference Tuesday morning before traveling to Washington for the president's speech.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Boca Raton, invited Lynn McDonnell, the mother of a Newtown, Conn., shooting victim, as her guest to Tuesday’s State of the Union address. 

McDonnell is the mother of Grace, 7, who was killed in the mass shooting on Dec. 14 that left more than two dozen people, mostly children, dead. McDonnell’s husband, Chris, will attend the State of the Union with U.S. Rep., Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-California.

Said Frankel in a statement: “Like so many Americans I have been inspired and moved by the families who lost loved ones in the Newtown tragedy,” Frankel said. “When I look into the eyes of Newtown parents like Lynn and Chris McDonnell, I want to be able to tell them that our kids should have the freedom to be safe at school and that our Congress is ready to pass meaningful laws that will help prevent future gun violence tragedies.”

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