Green ribbons worn by lawmakers to honor Newtown victims

Posted on: 9:28 pm, February 12, 2013, by , updated on: 09:57pm, February 12, 2013

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Several lawmakers including Vice President Biden are wearing green ribbons during The State of the Union address in solidarity with victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Vice President Joe Biden’s ribbon was most visible to TV viewers as he sat on the dais immediately behind Obama. Sharing the dais with Biden was GOP House Speaker John Boehner, who wore nothing pinned to either lapel.

Obama wore a small American flag pin, no green ribbon.

Obama put Biden in charge of developing gun control proposals in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The proposals before Congress include a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and background checks for all firearms purchases.

According to the Washington Post, other lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), are also wearing green ribbons, while others still are wearing white or black ribbons, the colors of choice for two other gun-control advocacy groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.