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Newtown Families Meet Obama 6 Months After Shooting

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Families of victims of the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut have returned to Washington to renew the push of gun control ahead of the six-month anniversary of the massacre Friday.

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot dead 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed himself as police closed in on him at the school.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the families at the White House.

The White House pushed for major reform in the wake of the shooting but a watered-down measure failed to gain Congressional approval in April.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the families need to know that "we will never forget, and we will continue to fight alongside them."

Meanwhile, a congressman from Texas announced Thursday he will give away a Bushmaster AR-15 -- the same kind of assault rifle used in the Newtown shooting.

Republican Steve Stockman's website said those interested should register to win the gun. The gun winner will be drawn randomly on July 4, U.S. Independence Day. It said the winner "must meet all legal requirements and will be subject to a dealer's background check."