Newtown mom begs for gun control in heartbreaking plea during the President´s weekly radio address, the first person to deliver the statement other than Obama or Biden since 2009 Associated Press, by Staff
The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence. ´Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief,´ said Francine Wheeler, choking back tears in the address broadcast Saturday. ´Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.´ Ben Wheeler was among the 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the Dec. 14 attack
Why haven´t republicans brought forth the Newton moms that believe this tragedy would not have happened if this had not been a gun free zone. Please everyone call your senator to insist that they do not take away our guns. I called my rep and got voice mail. Don´t give up leave a message if you have to. Lets make our voices heard.
I understand completely, the overwhelming grief these parents must be experiencing. They also feel need to do something.
The sad truth is that they can never change what happened and any new laws give the false impression that kids will be "safer."
It´ similar to sporting a "ribbon" of whatever color, and thinking that that act alone will cure the disease.
I hate that they are convenient props used by the president to divert attention away from what is really happening to the country.
And...WHY doesn´t anyone confront him directly on his own Justice Departments weak record of prosecuting criminals who have committed crimes with guns...get them off the streets and gun crime will decline.
I feel her pain and can only imagine the anxiety and sadness that permeates her hours and days. If her plea was to find a way to better deal with the problems of mentally disturbed people, I would agree.
Obama, Holder, Schumer, and even some of those who lost children know that any of the proposed gun control legislation would not prevent a Newtown like shooting. The politicians will not address real workable legislation that would make it more difficult for the mentally ill to access guns or to help train and arm teachers and school staff. What Democrats really want is more Newtowns. For liberals the more tragedies the better. Rahm Emanuel pegged it...Democrats should never let a crisis go to waste. Thomas Sowell in his book Vision of the Anoited laid out the liberal plan...."create" a crisis that does not exist and then spend money and apply social engineering to the non existent crisis. Of course the created crisis never gets cured.
First and foremost, to the grieving parents and other loved ones of those innocent children, I offer my sincere condolences.
Now, my opinion: Former Congressman and FNC Contributor Dennis Kucinich’s appearance last night on “Hannity” should be replayed often in order that as many people as possible be made aware of just how out of touch with reality he and his fellow “progressives” are about the real, gritty world we inhabit. He mumbled and bumbled and fumbled around for something worthwhile to say but he was woefully unsuccessful. Based on what Kucinich had to contribute to the discussion, perhaps what we need is Liberal Democrat Pundit Opinion Control.
It´s a shame that guns have become a political issue. Law abiding people with guns are not going to go around killing people. The mentally ill people need to be identified and rounded up and placed in hospitals where they can get help. Where are those hospitals that once existed?????
People who brood in their basements about harming and killing other people will perhaps one day do real damage. If not with a gun, then surely by some other means. If a demented lunch lady poisons 26 kids from the cafeteria, should we outlaw poison? Or outlaw knives for fear some crazy will walk through a crowd randomly swinging his blade? (That just happened.)You can´t ban the consequence.
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god of irony, 4/13/2013 1:16:28 PM (No. 9273735)
While in D.C. she should go to the Holocaust museum and see what happens when the government disarms the citizens.
20 kids killed is sad and terrible, 6 million people slaughtered is genocide.
A few things are for sure . . . the state will be missing several gun manufactures and the unemplouyment lines will be several thousand people longer - its ironic that this sad event happened in the state that is the home to a lot of the traditional gun makers.
Very sorry for her loss but this woman is completely naive and actually believes that would-be murderers would follow stricter laws. Lanza could easily have killed 26 elementary school children with a baseball bat, so why the focus on his weapons?
Mental hospitals were mostly closed down in the hopes that letting those people experience mainstream society every day would somehow encourage them to be normal. That philosophy still permeates our government "educational" institutions where capable students must endure classes full of disruptive and unmotivated dunces. People are different. Their existence in society requires different environments.
Not to wish bad luck on anybody but the only cure for this woman is if she were attacked one day and a crowd of unarmed bystanders can only stand and watch while the police are miles away.
These Newtown families have worn out the sympathy mat as far as i´m concerned. Now the´re just more cogs in Obama´s left wing machine designed to infringe on your constitutional rights. You´ve had your say, now go home and mourn your dead while you still have some dignity left.
Should the family who just lost a college age son go on TV and tearfully beg that we register or ban cell phones? The young man was texting while driving and lost his life. Obviously cell phones are dangerous.
Not a single mention of mental illness, medication or violent video games.
I have personal experience with all of these. This woman makes me angry. She really does.
If you want to take one positive step to identify future murders like Lanza then examine the online records of some of these community X-Box games like Halo and see who is playing for 8 to 15 hours non stop.
I´m sorry, this woman´s address has really made me angry.
Consider how tragic this mother´s role may truly turn out to be. Her own past support for gun-free zones, if it occurred, may have been the determining factor in making her child and his classmates targets that fateful day.
Sadly, she´s a stooge for modern liberalism, suicidal to all of Western Civilization.
Sorry, no sympathy. For those who say this woman and the other family members are being used, how do we know that? How do we know that they aren´t flaming libs who are using their own children´s deaths for political purposes? Libs and dems have shown repeatedly that they will use any crisis and stoop to any depth to advance their agenda. Why is it that we don´t know any thing about these people other than that they are members of families of the victims? If these members were supporting a conservative cause you can be the media and dems would be doing opposition research and we would know everything about them from their associations to the amount of toilet paper they use. It is terrible that the kids were killed, but my sympathy is for them and the fact that their lives were cut short, not for these people.
Now let´s hear from the family members of the more then 300+ Mexican people murdered from the thousands of guns obama sold to the drug cartels. Let´s hear from the family members of those American killed by same.
Has it be 4 months since it happened? Or close too it? All of them should be at home mourning their children they lost.
They should be comforting the children that lived through this and will have nightmare´s the rest of their dear lives. I wonder if those children are asking their parents are/did you wish I died...so you can make money of of our deaths?
Please don´t take our constitutinal right to bear arms..because you were negigent in protect your own children.
You can´t tell me you didn´t know about this child´s mental problems..it is not possible.
And take any benefit for your lost...TV shows, interviews, going before congress. doing the Saturday Morning Presidential Speech.
I know I couldn´t do that...I would be home crying and going to the cementery sitting at my child´s grave.
The Republican response should have been delivered by a mother who saved her life and that of her children by shooting an intruder, followed by a Chicago mother who, because of severe gun laws was denied the right to own a gun, and lost a child she could not defend. WHEN will we learn to fight fire with fire?
Look for the Democrats to find a way to write a government check to these people for several million dollars, like they did with the 9/11 victims´ families. That allows the family members to quit work and campaign full time for Democrats, just like the Jersey Girls. Republicans should be prepared. Fool me once...
#7 I´ve been thinking that the bunny is an important person in this administration or one of the big wigs at OFA. When the One is busy (or playing), so is the bunny. Perhaps he is dropping pellets on the golf course today. It´s lovely in this part of the country.
Couldn´t agree more, #49. If, many years ago something like this had happened to me, my mother´s grief would have been unendurable. As terrible and unfair as it would certainly have been, I have no doubt that she would have been unable to speak to anyone other than loved ones for a long time and the thought of her giving interviews and the like is simply impossible. Today, no matter how horrible the tragedy, the close relations of the deceased never seem to have any real qualms about appearing on "news" programs and making political statements. I just cannot relate to this type of behavior.
#45, I´ve got $100 that says she´s a dyed-in-the-wool libtard who thought gun-free school zones were just peachy, and now wants to try to make the entire nation ´gun free´ - except for libtard ´rulers´ and their minions/thugs, of course.
My heart breaks for this mother, and for all the parents of the victims of Sandy Hook. But her (their) grief and ignorance should not cause our lawmakers to ignore our Constitution and their oaths to protect and defend it. It will not bring back her child, and it will not protect anyone else´s children.
There is more to fear from an armed tyrannical government against helpless, unarmed citizens, than from lone killers against armed citizens with the freedom to protect themselves. A gun in the hand of a law abiding person at Sandy Hook could have prevented that tragedy.
Ask anyone who has been to Israel about schools being safe for the children. They are very safe. No shootings at all. Why? Because most teachers are packing and there are armed guards all over the place. Look at the little kiddies out playing. Right next to them is an armed teacher or guard. The Jews seem to know how to do things. You may not like their ways, but they work. But they pay attention to history.
Very sad, tragic woman. But she´s hysterical, and though Obama´s not above using hysteria or anything else under the sun, hysteria makes for bad policy.
Incompetent leader that he is, Obama did not move quickly and adroitly enough on this issue to take advantage of the now faded public mood, so he´s trying to nag us into passing his gun control scam by using these poor people. He blew it. Just when I think I could not despise his methods more, he surprises me, and pulls another stunt like this one.
I live in Sandy Hook. Here, gun control is not on everyone´s list of things to do first. Obviously Obama & Co are exploiting this mom´s pain and sorrow for politics. Despicable. Sens Murphy and Blumenthal should know better. Hacks.
Four months and no police/corner reports, no security camera picture of shooters at the door, no statement by witnesses, what motive was there to shoot children ? ,.. Nothing ; Just wild speculation by the media whores... I don´t think American knows anything for sure about what happened at Sandy Hook and I see no reason at this point for more gun laws that will not change anything now or in the future
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