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As gun package looms today, Sen. Mark Kirk to meet with Newtown families

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Sen. Mark Kirk will talk with Newtown families Wednesday. | AP file

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is to meet with parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting massacre this afternoon in Washington as the Senate is poised to vote on a series of gun bills, his spokesman Lance Trover confirmed.

"He believes it is essential to know the stories of victim's families and learn about the victims themselves," Trover said of Kirk.

Newtown parents have been meeting with a series of Senators over the last several weeks.

In another victim visit aimed at having an impact on the direction of gun legislation, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly met with Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a moderate Democrat with whom Kirk is close and who led the effort to strike a gun deal compromise.

Kirk has taken an aggressive approach on curbing gun violence, including helping craft legislation that would take aim at gun traffickers and voicing support for background check expansion. He has also long supported an assault weapon ban.

"Sen. Kirk has been a major proponent of fighting dangerous drug gangs who are terrorizing our neighborhoods - and fighting for universal background checks and tougher penalties for straw purchasing is a part of that fight. Beyond his work to fight these gangs, he was greatly troubled by the Newtown tragedy," Trover said. "He looks forward to meeting with the families affected by this horrible event and hearing ways he can help to curb violence in our country."

Last month, Kirk told the Sun-Times he named a section of new legislation after Chicago victim Hadiya Pendleton in the hope it would give the measure, which aimed to curb trafficking, a greater chance of passage.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) met with Newtown families last Thursday morning. The families have been lobbying on Capitol Hill in advance of the Senate votes.

A series of votes are expected at 4 p.m. ET today.

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I used to like this guy until now that he is trying to get votes using a obvious gun grab by the democrates of the puppet master Obama, He lost my respect and many illinios voters by stomping for votes

Why don't you meet with the concerned citizens of The Democratic Republic of Illinois astan about saving our state finances from bankruptcy? Why are you posturing yourself with the families of another state? The people of Illinois need leadership not photo ops

Rob... Obama doesn't want you filthy guns. This is a delusion that is only happening in your mind, please get some help for all of our sakes.

Michael Hartman... Hes a FEDERAL SENATOR, elected to represent us in the US Senate. Please take a civics class and learn about what Sen. Kirks job really is and is not.

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