As he unveils his own "concrete package" of gun control proposals this week, President Obama will surround himself with his top policy advisors -- elementary school children.
At 11:45 a.m. today, President Obama will stand before a backdrop of children to profess his support of various gun control policies, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
It won't be the first time -- nor the last, I'm sure -- that the president has invoked children in his push for tighter restrictions on guns. Following the Sandy Hook massacre in December, Obama specifically mentioned children in his remarks following the shooting.
"Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?" he asked. "I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change."
Ahead of today's announcement, the Obama White House also released letters to the Associated Press it had received from children who wrote to the president after the Newtown tragedy.
“It’s a free country but I recommend there needs (to) be a limit with guns,” one 8-year-old wrote to the president. “Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that.”
Now that sounds like a good idea, Obama thought. Done!
“I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed," an 11-year-old wrote to Obama.
I could not agree more. Don't worry about Congress -- executive orders will suffice.
It should be “very hard” for people to buy guns, the child added.
A-men. I couldn't have said it better myself.
These architects of the president's gun control policies will reportedly stand with him today at the White House and toast their policy success with flutes of apple juice, followed by an afternoon nap in the Lincoln Bedroom.