Share Culture Newtown Sandy Hook Grinnell NRA Pete Brownell David Wheeler started with what they have in common. Both he and Pete Brownell, the new president of the National Rifle Association, are fathers who have three children. But Wheeler has just two at home today. His middle son, Benjamin, was killed in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. “No father like you or me can promise their children that they won’t be murdered in their classroom or on their campus or at the movies or a concert or a nightclub or a shopping center or a parking lot or anywhere else,” he wrote to Brownell in a letter dated November 27. “You can tell them that they probably won’t, but you can’t promise them they won’t. There’s something wrong with that, wouldn’t you agree?” Brownell is part of the community in Grinnell, Iowa, a town that is marking five years since the massacre at Sandy Hook with a 26 Days of Action initiative. The series of more than two dozen public events and private actions honors the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives at the hands of a shooter who entered their school. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sits at a small memorial near the school on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images Less than two weeks before the anniversary of the day he sent his son to school, never to see him alive again, Wheeler will travel to Grinnell for the first time to attend a screening of Newtown. The 2016 documentary, by director Kim Snyder and producer Maria Cuomo Cole, is a heartbreaking account of the aftermath of the tragedy. The letter Wheeler sent to Brownell was an invitation to be his guest at the Tuesday screening, which will be followed by a townhall discussion to be streamed live on Facebook. “I know we can’t absolutely eliminate gun violence, but we can diminish it and I have a hard time believing that’s not the basis of something we can agree on,” Wheeler wrote to Brownell. “If we could come to one point of common ground, I would consider that a small success.” Related: ‘Newtown’ is a