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Children ask Obama to change gun laws

2013-01-16 18:19

Washington - Three days after six teachers and 20 students were killed by a rampaging gunman at their school in Newtown, Connecticut, an 8-year-old from Maryland pulled out a sheet of paper and asked President Barack Obama for "some changes in the laws with guns".

"It's a free country but I recommend there needs [to] be a limit with guns," Grant wrote in a letter dated 17 December. "Please don't let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that."

In the days after the shooting, children around the country put their feelings about the massacre on paper and sent those letters to a receptive White House.

"I am writing to ask you to STOP gun violence," wrote Tajeah, a 10-year-old from Georgia. "I am very sad about the children who lost their lives. So, I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence."

On Wednesday, when Obama announces proposals to reduce gun violence, he will be joined by Grant, Tajeah and other children who expressed their concerns about gun violence and school safety to the one person they think can make a difference.

The White House shared three such letters with The Associated Press.

Gun control

Obama has spoken in favour of banning assault-style weapons, limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for every gun buyer.

On the other side of the issue, the National Rifle Association, the powerful lobbying group for gun owners, views any effort to limit access to guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms and has pledged to fight attempts by Congress to enact new restrictions.

Eleven-year-old Julia, who lives in the District of Columbia and dotted the "I'' in her name with a heart, wrote that she has four brothers and sisters and "I know I would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them". She said it should be "very hard" for people to buy guns and closed by acknowledging that Obama can't do it alone.

"I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed. Not just for me, but for the whole United States," Julia wrote, signing the letter with "my love and regrets". She will also be at the White House on Wednesday.

The White House did not release last names for any of the letter writers, or hometowns for Grant and Tajeah.

Comments
  • manjay.gates - 2013-01-16 19:00

    All you need is a bullet-control law..not guns laws. If one bullet costs $20 000 then there'll be no killings of innocent people.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-16 23:32

      That's just stupid.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2013-01-17 07:34

    Using children to deny lawful citizen their rights to bear arms??, how free are you really? These children are mere pawns in the liberal political fight and these children are too young to really understand what their elders are asking of them. America needs government control, not gun control……………….and take your kids off Prozac & Ritalin & do some parenting, the violence is a social problem, not a gun problem, you have bred a nation of retards with all these drugs you force fed your kids. The second amendment is to protect the citizens from government control & excesses. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

      Russophillia - 2013-01-17 11:51

      Excellent perspective!

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2013-01-18 12:11

    this is such bull!!! this is just main stream media progaganda!!! no child is gonna ahve his "letter" read by the president, but when obama wants to pass a law all of a sudden apparently it now becomes relevant as to what a child supposedly wants, the US make me sick, obama wants to pass gun laws yet has continued for the last 2 year to bomb and have drones shoot down ppl and children in pakistan and everyone else in the world turns a blind eyes because its supposidly right because obama said so or does so,once he has americans guys there is no turning back, he will create a military state and him and his banker friends will be exceptions to all the rules, remember who took away there citizens guns, hitler, stalin etc etc, look what happened there, you ppl forget quickly, history repeats itself and this time is americas turn

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