After the Newtown shooting, 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the establishment of a “Gun Free Zone” around the president. The White House this week responded, rejecting the petition and claiming Obama faces “serious” threats every day.
After 26 children were massacred in Newtown last December,
pro-gun advocates launched a “We the People” White House
petition, calling for Gun Free Zones and the elimination of armed
guards around the president, vice president, and their families.
The gun-advocates were troubled by the fact that the Obama
administration wanted stricter gun control laws in wake of the
shooting, while relying on heavily armed guards to protect
Their petition closely mirrored a National Rifle Association
advertisement, which called Obama an “elitist hypocrite”
for providing his daughters armed guards. The ad’s narrator
asked, “are the president’s kids more important than
yours?” and called for a fair share of security by protecting
Second Amendment Rights.
“Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some
politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear
arms,” the “We the People” petition reads. “Those same
politicians and their families are currently under the protection
of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient
protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good
enough for politicians.”
More than 40,000 people signed the petition, which was the
required threshold to force a response from the White House at
the time. The White House has since increased the threshold to
The Obama administration this week dismissed the request,
explaining that Congress mandates round-the-clock protection for
the president – a law that was established after the
25thUS president, William McKinley, was shot and
fatally wounded in 1901.
The White House argued that President Obama and other elected
leaders and representatives face “serious persistent and
credible threats on a daily basis.”
“Those who are the subject of ongoing threats must receive the
necessary and appropriate protection,” the White House wrote.
“At the same time, all of us deserve to live in safer
communities, which is why we need to take responsible,
commonsense steps to reduce gun violence, even while respecting
The White House response also urged lawmakers to “pass safe
gun safety legislation that closes loopholes in the background
check system and makes gun trafficking a federal crime” – a
proposal that Senate Democrats were unable to push through in
“Even those who are mere candidates in a national election
become symbols of our country, which makes them potential targets
for those seeking to do harm to the United States and its
interest,” the White House added, thereby dismissing the call
for a Gun Free Zone around the president while still advocating
for stricter gun control.
Republished from: RT