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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Brother of boy killed at Newtown runs for office backing Trump and gun rights

On Dec. 14, 2012, Joseph Theodore “JT” Lewis huddled in the back of his Spanish class at Newtown Middle School while a gunman clad in sunglasses and an olive green utility vest massacred 20 children and six adults two miles away at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Eight hours later Lewis, then 12, learned that the dead included his kid brother, Jesse, who had yelled “Run!” as the gunman paused in his first-grade classroom. While his classmates took his advice — nine students fled — Jesse was shot in the head. Jesse, 6, is among the more than 144 people who have been killed in school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, a moment that solidified public alarm about gun rampages at places of learning. The victims have left behind parents and siblings, part of a grim club that none of them wanted to join. Their stories present a central question about America’s mass shooting epidemic — how people who knew and loved the victims cope with their pain, perhaps even channeling it into new endeavors. Jesse’s brother, now 19 and a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut, is channeling his pain into politics.

JT Lewis launched a campaign on Monday for state Senate, vying to represent a district that includes Newtown, along with several other towns in southwestern Connecticut. The college student is an avid supporter of President Trump, who he hopes will gain four more years in 2020 as he aims to claim his own term in office.  [full article]

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