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Obama set to use children as political props in speech gun control
January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Obama Will Unveil Gun Measures Flanked by Children From ‘Around the Country’ Who Wrote Concerned Letters

 

Roughly a month since the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama will be presenting gun control recommendations on Wednesday, flanked by children who wrote concerned letters in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents,” he explained.

The steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, seeking to ensure more complete records in the federal background check database, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, and giving schools flexibility to use grant money to improve safety.

Obama is vowing not to back off his support for sweeping gun legislation that would require congressional backing – including banning assault weapons, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and instituting universal background checks – despite opposition from the influential gun lobby.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly broke the news during her broadcast Tuesday, via Gateway Pundit:

Kelly read her Twitter feed to get immediate reaction to Carney’s remarks.

“[People are] calling it disgusting, calling it shameless, one person pointing out that…those who feel differently than the president should have their own news conference with children whose lives were ​saved ​by guns.”

But White House officials believe that moving swiftly on gun proposals at a national level, before the shock over the Newtown shooting fades, gives Obama the best chance to get his proposals through Congress.

This is not the first time President Obama has utilized children and letter-writers in seeking support for his agenda.

After his position on gay marriage “evolved,” the president publicly responded to little Sophia’s letter about her two dads, and in a YouTube video uploaded roughly 3 years ago, the president read a series of “heartbreaking” letters about the nation’s health care system.

​The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Kaya529
    by Kaya529
    January 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM
    Yes, this is a completely new tactic that Obama has come up with. Oh wait, no it's not. Children are used this way all the time. It is a way to play up emotional response and politicians have been using this for a very long time.
  • katy_kay08
    January 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    anyone remember Bush's snowflakes?  

  • joey125
    by joey125
    January 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    That is a cynical way of looking at it, the children wrote letters to the President after the Sandy Hook tragedy  Leave it to some news outlets to report it that way, its pretty sad.  

  • EireLass
    January 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    What a weasel.

  • Momniscient
    January 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    And? 20 children were killed by a gun just recently...

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    January 15, 2013 at 10:36 PM

     "Props" huh?  well good for him! It is an excellent approach . Kids still care about people and don't want to see people being killed with guns. Adults have become hard hearted and don't give a crap. They just want their guns and want to be able to use them when they think its handy. Too many people say they will kill intruders. That is immoral.

    So I say good for the President and more power to him!  good

  • srichtermom
    January 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    It doesn't surprise me at all.  Children have been used as pawns in political battles for quite a long time.  I do find it sad that rather reply to these children's letters offering support and encouragement, he is going to use them for his own gain. 

  • Healthystart30
    January 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM
    They sent the letters, he is responding, so what's the big deal? Maybe people need to see concerned children to realize something needs to be done. You would think he was abusing them. Their parents will also be there with them.
  • DSamuels
    January 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Yes, when people break into our house to steal from or harm the people in the house and don't accept our invitation to vacate the premises immediately, one of us will call 911 and the other will shoot at them. Will we kill them? It might happen. 

    THEY are the evil ones, not us. 

    Quoting lga1965:

     "Props" huh?  well good for him! It is an excellent approach . Kids still care about people and don't want to see people being killed with guns. Adults have become hard hearted and don't give a crap. They just want their guns and want to be able to use them when they think its handy. Too many people say they will kill intruders. That is evil.

    So I say good for the President and more power to him!  good


  • ILive4This
    January 16, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Yes, we've never seen this particular strategy before.  Eyeroll.

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