It is perhaps possible to sink lower than using children as pawns and props for political gain - though its a well the left returns to with regularity. But even for the left, Obama's use of children during his address to the nation today is pushing beyond the envelope. In the run up to the speech, Obama also released the letters the White House received from these children begging and pleading for him to rid the nation of our plague of guns. This from the AP:
Three days after six teachers and 20 students were killed by a rampaging gunman at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., an 8-year-old from Maryland pulled out a sheet of paper and wrote to President Barack Obama asking 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 the Dec. 17 letter. "Please don't let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that."
In the days after the shooting, children around the country apparently had the same idea as Grant. They 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 makes his long-awaited announcement of proposals to reduce gun violence, he will be joined by Grant, Tajeah and other children from across the U.S. who expressed their concerns about gun violence and school safety to the one person they think can make a difference: the president. . . .
So, let's make policy on the basis of letters from some children obviously well on their way to being good little lefties. Excuse me if I hear an adult's voice telling the 8 year old that a "machine gun" (that is the definition of a semi-automatic weapon for many on the left) was used at Sandy Hook, or a 10 year old framing the issue as "gun violence." But that aside, where were the letters telling Obama not to take away gun rights. Surprisingly, apparently no kids wrote in support of that.
Here is a site with a continuously updated roll up of weapons being used by the law abiding in self defense. If you scroll down, you will find links to news reports and articles of more than a few teens and even children who have protected themselves with guns against criminals. There is the boy who used an AR15 to stop a home invasion; the 12 year old girl home alone who shot an intruder in the shoulder; a 14 year old babysitting who shot an armed man who broke into his home; and many more. Likewise you will find many links to the elderly who have similarly protected themselves with weapons.
They don't get included in Obama's release for obvious reasons. This is utterly disgusting. The irony here is that the left is using the pure emotion derived from focusing on children to further their message. Yet the one emotion these people apparently can't feel is shame. It should also be noted that Obama used the obligatory far left justification for the gun control legislation he is pushing: ""If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try." His definition of "one life" apparently does not include those law abiding among us whose lives are saved by guns.