Obama is not letting a good crisis go to waste.
This needs to be said. If there is anything that is never, never acceptable in politics, it is to exploit a tragedy and use the mothers of deceased babies to make a political point. President Obama needs to leave victims’ families alone.
I received the following email from the WH today and I didn’t find it appealing in any way, having suffered terrible tragedies in my own life. When people are grief-stricken, they shouldn’t be used in any way.
I won’t even deal with his distorted poll figures or his “common-sense” steps. There is not one gun control proposal he is making that would have saved these victims. He is attacking legal gun owners to infringe on the Second Amendment.
The entire email is sickening, especially the “Hey, Everybody” salutation.
This morning, President Obama talked about the tragedy in Newtown, which happened 104 days ago, and brought a room to silence with a simple point:
“The entire country was shocked,” he said. “And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
He was in the East Room, standing with a group of mothers who have lost children to gun violence. He was pushing Congress to act on common-sense steps to help protect our kids by reducing that kind of violence. Measures like eliminating background check loopholes that an overwhelming majority of Americans support.
“Right now, 90 percent of Americans — 90 percent — support background checks that will keep criminals and people who have been found to be a danger to themselves or others from buying a gun. More than 80 percent of Republicans agree. More than 80 percent of gun owners agree. Think about that. How often do 90 percent of Americans agree on anything?”
You’ve got to watch this video — and then forward this message along to make sure no one forgets the obligation we all have to act.
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Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House