Remarks on Gun Violence, January 16, 2013   [open pdf - 149KB]

From the statement of President Obama: "Over the month since the tragedy in Newtown, we've heard from so many, and obviously, none have affected us more than the families of those gorgeous children and their teachers and guardians who were lost. And so we're grateful to all of you for taking the time to be here and recognizing that we honor their memories in part by doing everything we can to prevent this from happening again. But we also heard from some unexpected people. In particular, I started getting a lot of letters from kids. Four of them are here today: Grant Fritz, Julia Stokes, Hinna Zeejah, and Taejah Goode. They're pretty representative of some of the messages that I got. These are some pretty smart letters from some pretty smart young people. Hinna, a third-grader--you can go ahead and wave, Hinna. Yes, you. [Laughter] Hinna wrote: 'I feel terrible for the parents who lost their children... I love my country, and I want everybody to be happy and safe.' And then, Grant--go ahead and wave, Grant. [Laughter] Grant said: 'I think there should be some changes. We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook. I feel really bad.' And then, Julia said--Julia, where are you? There you go. 'I'm not scared for my safety, I'm scared for others. I have four brothers and sisters, and I know I would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them.' These are our kids. This is what they're thinking about. And so what we should be thinking about is our responsibility to car e for them and shield them from harm and give them the tools they need to grow up and do everything that they're capable of doing, not just to pursue their own dreams, but to help build this country. This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change."

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Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2013 DCPD No. 00018
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