Himes picks Ridgefield teen, a gun-safety advocate, as State of the Union guest

February 1, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — Lane Murdock, the Ridgefield High School student who organized a national school walkout last spring, will likely miss school again Tuesday.

The 16-year-old has a long train ride to Washington D.C. that day and has to be in the U.S. Capitol by 8 p.m., seated with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.

Himes on Thursday announced he invited the junior to be his guest at President Donald Trump’s State of The Union address.

Murdock is the co-founder of National School Walkout, a gun-safety group born of her online petition for a day of protest and solitary last April in response to congressional inaction following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., that claimed 17 lives.


Himes, who has brought gun-safety advocates with him to the address in previous years, chose to bring Murdock as the Democratic-led House of Representatives is putting forth legislation to curb gun deaths, he said.

The four-term congressman, who won a re-election bid in November, said he announced a bill Thursday to incentivize companies to market biometric guns, firearms that can only be fired by their rightful owner.

The house is also slated to take up hearings on gun violence for the first time in years, he said.

House Democrats earlier this month introduced legislation aimed at mandating federal background checks for all gun purchases, closing loopholes.

“I try to invite a guest that will make a point,” he said. “We will begin to move on legislation.”

Murdock, meeting with Himes on Thursday afternoon in his Stamford offices, said she was “very, very excited, but also unsure what it’ll be like.”

“I don’t exactly know what to expect,” she said.

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