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Obama: ‘Shame On Us If We’ve Forgotten’

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — President Obama, standing with families of victims of gun violence, Thursday made an emotional appeal for Congress to act on gun control.

“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” Obama said in the White House East Room referring to the 26 children and adults killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.

“It’s been barely 100 days since 20 innocent children and six brave educators were taken from us by gun violence – including Grace McDonnell and Lauren Rousseau and Jesse Lewis, whose families are here today,” the president said.

“I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”

Also there was the mother of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student killed in January at a park less than a mile from Obama’s home in Chicago. The cheerleader had attended Obama’s second inaugural in Washington.

“Everything they lived for and hoped for, taken away in an instant,” he said. “We have moms on this stage whose children were killed as recently as 35 days ago.”

Seeking to build momentum for new gun control measures to be debated in the Senate, Obama said that’s why in January he asked Vice President Biden to lead a task force to develop common-sense proposals to “reduce the epidemic of gun violence and keep our kids safe.”

The measures include expanded background checks on firearm purchases, tougher penalties on straw purchases of firearms and new funding for school security.

“Why wouldn’t we want to make it more difficult for a dangerous person to get his or hand on a gun?” he asked. “Why wouldn’t we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases to take place without a background check?”

The White House event came on a “National Day to Demand Action” in which gun-control advocates planned more than 140 public events in 29 states to call for universal background checks.

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  • JeffH

    SKREW YOU Mr. Community Organizer…shame on you for not believing in America, the Constitution as it was written or honoring your oath of office.

    Shame on you for allowing a forgery to replace your real birth certificate and shame on you for not admitting that you ARE NOT a natural born citizen.

    Shame on you for attempting to change America into the EU socialist model you so adore.

    Shame on you for attempting to destroy the one thing that treatens your attempted tyranny the most…the 2nd. Amendment.

    We are willing to “stand and fight” and we will win this battle against you Mr. Community Organizer in Chief.

    May I remind you that ~381 sherrifs accross the country have vowed not to enforce any of your un-constitutional gun laws… also, in 1994, 7 County Sheriffs filed a lawsuit against certain provisions in the “Brady Bill” and won.
    In that ruling on the Brady Bill case the US Supreme Court did say that the county sheriff is the supreme law enforcement in their district. Basically that ruling gives the county sheriff authority over federal law enforcement or any other law enforcement that attempts to act within their jurisdictional boundaries.

    When I read the Second Amendment I don’t see anything that gives the federal or state government any authorization to restrict or infringe upon my right to own and bear firearms of my choosing. Here is what the Second Amendment says:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Notice the last four words of the Second Amendment say, ‘shall not be infringed.’ What part of this phrase does President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Jay Carney and the rest of the Democrats not understand? It doesn’t say that we have the right to keep and bear specific arms in specific quantities under specific regulations. Therefore in the straightforward reading of the Second Amendment any and all pieces of gun control legislation ever passed or ever to be considered, is a violation of the Second Amendment.

    • bullright

      Wow is that a good one: the Shameless trying to Shame everyone else.

    • bullright

      Must be the word “amendment” that gives them difficulty.

  • Harold Olsen

    What a hypocrite! He doesn’t give a damn about children! Gun control, like everything else this Nazi POS does, is about controlling every aspect of our lives. If he really cared about children then he’d fight against abortion and the killing of children in the womb. But he doesn’t. It’s about power and control.

    • KG

      Abortion is more about economic reasons than your implied “moral” reasons. You must be a Puritan. Puritans thought that if everyone “behaved” themselves, then “God” would bless them. If they weren’t getting “blessed” then “someone” was “sinning”. However, if you read your Bible, you would know of two incidents in that Holy Book that spoke of killing babies, and yet God DID NOT TRY TO STOP IT. Why?

      • JeffH

        Immoral KG shills about the monetary ills of abortion…think not…it’s all about the immoral murdering of the unborn children. Of course you can’t understand that can you?

      • KG

        You still never answered the bible question. Which just shows you as the “pseudo” christian you are.

      • JeffH

        KG the shill ask a question that has no bearing at all in this conversation…who mentioned the bible and christians here…nobody but YOU. Pseudo christian? Lmao at the typicalcal conjecture of a progressive influenced mind.
        Why would anyone play your little game and answer your ignorant question in the first place when religion isn’t a part of the conversational exchange here?


      • KG

        Well, you must be just as ignorant (or stupid) to reply. HA!


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