David-Wheeler 6620Limestone College students and local residents will get a first-hand account of the aftermath of last year’s mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when the father of one of the children killed speaks at Fullerton Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m.

David Wheeler’s son Ben, 6, was one of the 20 children killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, attack. Since the tragedy, Wheeler, his wife Francine, and other Newtown families, have worked to urge state and national lawmakers to pass meaningful, comprehensive gun control legislation, and to encourage citizens to come together for a national conversation about making our communities safer. 

ben wheelerTheir work helped convince Connecticut’s government to pass the strongest gun control law in the country in April of this year. The law bans the sale and purchase of high-capacity magazines like those used in the Sandy Hook shooting.

The Wheelers also work closely with Sandy Hook Promise, a nationwide group founded by Newtown friends and neighbors to heal the hurt, and open new avenues of communication and action against the scourge of gun violence in the United States.

Mr. Wheeler’s appearance at Limestone is being sponsored by the school’s chaplain’s office, and the offices of student services.

A former actor and comedian who now works as a graphic designer, Wheeler performs with his wife in a variety show called the Flagpole Radio Café in Newtown.