Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 05:20 GMT 06:20 UK
Clinton visits school massacre scene
Officials say Mr Clinton's visit is very much a personal one
By Rob Watson in Washington
President Clinton is due to visit Littleton, Colorado on Thursday, the scene of last month's high school shootings, in which 15 people died.
White House officials say he will meet pupils from the school, and their families, and will tell them the nation as a whole is grieving for Littleton.
They say the president will also express his admiration for the resilience Littleton in general, and the school in particular, has shown in the wake of the killings.
That said, there is little doubting the profound effect the killings have had on America's political landscape, and more specifically on the issues of juvenile violence and gun control.
Over the last few days the Senate has approved measures which, if finally passed into law, would make child locks on guns compulsory, ban the import of high capacity ammunition clips and increase the checks on people seeking to buy guns.
Such measures would have been unthinkable before the Littleton shootings and reflect a change of heart from Republican Senators who fear being cast as tools of the pro-gun lobby.