Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

Obama set to use children as political props in speech gun control

Posted by   + Show Post

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.

source

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Replies (11-20):
cammibear
by Gold Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:10 AM
6 moms liked this
Never let a good tragedy go to waste...

I don't care who it is, using a tragedy like Sandy Hook to push through an unconstitutional political agenda is as evil as using a tragedy like 9/11 to push through an unconstitutional political agenda.
Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
lga1965
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:59 AM
2 moms liked this

 WOUNDING an intruder ....what is wrong with just WOUNDING them? Why do some moms here say that if you use a gun you must use it to kill, not wound? They say exactly that. That is the criminal mind at work- no better than an intruder.

I don't appreciate sarcasm when discussing something this serious.

Quoting DSamuels:

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


 







"I've long known rage was a life saver. I learned it from my mentor Rush Limbaugh, because every time you look at him you gotta ask, 'How is he still alive?'" -- Stephen Colbert
lga1965
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM
3 moms liked this

 

Quoting cammibear:

Never let a good tragedy go to waste...

I don't care who it is, using a tragedy like Sandy Hook to push through an unconstitutional political agenda is as evil as using a tragedy like 9/11 to push through an unconstitutional political agenda.

Nobody is going to ban all guns.  What makes you think they will decide to do something that is "Unconstitutional "????  You are way too negative and rigid in your thinking.

Background checks are essential ( crack down on Gun SHows) and more funding of efforts to identify and treat mental illness .....I hope both are  part of the effort to prevent more gun violence..

WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM
3 moms liked this


Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting cammibear:

Never let a good tragedy go to waste...

I don't care who it is, using a tragedy like Sandy Hook to push through an unconstitutional political agenda is as evil as using a tragedy like 9/11 to push through an unconstitutional political agenda.

Nobody is going to ban all guns.  What makes you think they will decide to do something that is "Unconstitutional "????  You are way too negative and rigid in your thinking.

Background checks are essential ( crack down on Gun SHows) and more funding of efforts to identify and treat mental illness .....I hope both are  part of the effort to prevent more gun violence..

I agree. Does anyone else think it is ridiculous that in in some states, it is easier to purchase a gun than a a package of allergy medicine? It is absurd that in order to purchase cough syrup or clariten, you have to show an Id and sign for it at the pharmacy counter, but in alot of stores, (Walmart is a big culprit), you can purchase a box of shot gun shells no questions asked. 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM
5 moms liked this

As for your first sentence...This can be said about the flip side of this issue as well. For example: There is one poster who has created at least two threads with the sole purpose of bragging about how much she has personally financially profited off of this terrible tragedy. Personally, I would much rather see a focus on trying to save these children than bragging about how much money you make off of the gun hoarding paranoia that this tragedy has spawned. This attitude has also been showcased by others in the media...a kind of glorification of how much money the gun industry is pulling in right now. I find that disgusting, pasting a face on a really ugly pov of some who love guns and money more than people.

Quoting cammibear:

Never let a good tragedy go to waste...

I don't care who it is, using a tragedy like Sandy Hook to push through an unconstitutional political agenda is as evil as using a tragedy like 9/11 to push through an unconstitutional political agenda.

Naughty Wittle Puppy

emeraldangel2.0
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM


Quoting Kaya529:

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.

yep


jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

 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.”

This ^^^

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM
6 moms liked this

 

Quoting lga1965:

 WOUNDING an intruder ....what is wrong with just WOUNDING them? Why do some moms here say that if you use a gun you must use it to kill, not wound? They say exactly that. That is the criminal mind at work- no better than an intruder.

I don't appreciate sarcasm when discussing something this serious.

Lady, Have you ever shot a weapon? Are you a sharpshooter? Even for those of us who ARE familar with our weapons, we probably would not all win awards with our aim. If someone is in my house will ill intent, I will aim center mass and shoot if they don't scramble as soon as they see me aiming at them. Sure, I could aim for their kneecap, but odds are I would miss. And if the intruder has a weapon of their own, which I may or may not know in the heat of the moment, I don't want to waste time on his kneecap anyway. He can still shoot back at me with a busted knee.

And btw, how DARE you call us evil for defending our families!?

lga1965
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM
Exactly! Yes!

Quoting NWP:

As for your first sentence...This can be said about the flip side of this issue as well. For example: There is one poster who has created at least two threads with the sole purpose of bragging about how much she has personally financially profited off of this terrible tragedy.
Personally, I would much rather see a focus on trying to save these children than bragging about how much money you make off of the gun hoarding paranoia that this tragedy has spawned. This attitude has also been showcased by others in the media...a kind of glorification of how much money the gun industry is pulling in right now. I find that disgusting, pasting a face on a really ugly pov of some who love guns and money more than people.

Quoting cammibear:

Never let a good tragedy go to waste...



I don't care who it is, using a tragedy like Sandy Hook to push through an unconstitutional political agenda is as evil as using a tragedy like 9/11 to push through an unconstitutional political agenda.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting jehosoba84:

 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.”

This ^^^

Part of peoples objection is based on the press conference Obama gave on Monday.  Many with in the media including those who support Obama, thought he came across as arrogant, antagonistic, and not willing to make any attempt at working with Republicans.  If nothing gets done in the next 4 years it will be the failure of Obama to be able to lead.  

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)