Ahead of the White House announcement on their approach to curbing gun violence, the White House also shared some letters with the Associated Press. Letters written by children asking President Obama to change gun laws.
“I am writing to ask you to STOP gun violence,” Tajeah, a 10-year-old from Georgia, wrote. “I am very sad about the children who lost their lives. So, I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence.”
She wasn’t the only one. An 8-year-old boy from Maryland, Grant, said in his letter, “”It’s a free country but I recommend there needs (to) be a limit with guns.” He added, “Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that.”
These children will be among those at the White House during Obama’s announcement. “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,” eleven-year-old Julia wrote.
Indeed, it won’t be easy. While many have voiced support for an assault weapons ban, restrictions on high-capacity magazines, and universal background checks, the critics of such policies have also been vocal.The NRA and many gun rights advocates have voiced opposition to new restrictions, citing the Second Amendment. In particular, the idea of the president using executive action on the issue has created controversy recently.
(h/t Associated Press)
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