NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — President Joe Biden will visit Connecticut on Friday, June 16, the White House confirmed.
Biden will be a keynote speaker at the National Safer Communities Summit at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, according to a press release from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
Murphy and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are set to attend the full-day summit along with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
News 8’s Dennis House had the opportunity to attend a White House press briefing Wednesday via teleconference.
House questioned Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about Biden’s upcoming visit to Connecticut, asking why Connecticut is so important to Biden’s message on gun control.
“Connecticut has been a leader in gun safety legislation in the decade following the tragedy. As you know, at Sandy Hook. And just over a week ago, the governor of Connecticut, Gov. Lamont, signed a gun violence prevention bill which contains more than a dozen measures to improve gun safety, including strengthening the state’s ban on assault weapons, on assault weapons and secure storage requirements,” she said.
Jean Pierre said Biden wants to highlight the states taking action to prevent gun violence.
“So this is people for president believes it’s important to highlight the states that are actually doing the work and getting this done since we’re not seeing more action from Congress,” Jean Pierre said. “And so this is going to be an important, important, we think, conversation, an important opportunity for the president to highlight how what in what ways that we can continue to we can protect our communities, protect our schools, protect our grocery stores, protect our churches as we’ve seen continuous gun violence in our streets.”