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Sandy Hook mother replaces Obama for guns in weekly President's radio address
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Posted on 04/13/2013 9:49:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The mother of a victim of last year's Sandy Hook shootings has replaced Barack Obama to deliver the weekly US presidential radio address.

Francine Wheeler, whose six-year-old son Ben was killed, used the nationally-broadcast statement to call for tighter gun controls.

Asking a citizen to deliver the weekly address is a highly unusual move.

It comes as President Obama attempts to ratchet up pressure on the US Congress, which is due to debate new gun laws.

In an often emotional statement, Ms Wheeler recalled waiting for her son to return home following the shootings, and said the "tidal wave of anguish" resulting from that day had yet to recede.

She said new gun laws were needed to prevent more deaths.

"We have to convince the Senate to come together and pass commonsense gun responsibility reforms that will make our communities safer and prevent more tragedies like the one we never thought would happen to us," she said.

Ms Wheeler's son Ben was killed along with 19 other children and six staff when 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire at his elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The address was broadcast on radio and released as a video online.

This week senators are due to debate new laws that will extend background checks to gun sales made at gun shows and over the internet.

The measures are the result of a bipartisan deal struck between Republican and Democrat senators last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: guncontrol; obama; radioaddress; sandyhook; secondamendment
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama and the Dems are using this woman and others like a fiddle..they are laughing behind her back at how easy it is to manipulate these people..oh and the close up of her crying was another typical leftist tactic..I dont care how many times this woman cries on TV, you wont take away my 2nd Amendment rights!


51 posted on 04/13/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SeekAndFind

Sadly for these people being exploited by this slug (sorry slugs) but this could turn around and bite them in the arse.

After 9/11 and the ‘surviving wives’ came into all that money I believe they were referred to as the ‘Jersey Wives’ and kind of remember HRC ripping into someone about saying the wives were ‘greedy and exploiting their dead husbands’.

Even the show “Rescue Me” kind of focused on the wives of the dead ‘living it up’ while forgetting about the wives of the survivors etc etc..


52 posted on 04/13/2013 11:46:21 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: SeekAndFind

Another useful tool for the left. I lost a child, so I know her particular kind of grief, but when she wakes up and sees how she’s been played, Mama ain’t gonna be happy!


53 posted on 04/13/2013 11:58:36 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lacey; All

Those babies will go on unmourned and unloved. They died nameless. Which makes it all the more tragic.

Scissors and guns are just inanimate objects. Lanza is a product of a culture that dehumanizes. People don’t want to address that because it would lead to some very hard and inconvenient questions. So instead, it’s just “Let’s ban guns!”


54 posted on 04/13/2013 12:02:38 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: SeekAndFind

Shameless exploitation.
Political correctness and leftist policies are to blame in all these mass shootings.
If Seung-Hui Cho had been institutionalized for mental illness, 32 people would still be alive at Virginia Tech.
If Jared Loughner had been institutionalized, 6 would be alive in Tucson.
If James Holmes had been institutionalized, 12 lives spared in Aurora, CO.
If Adam Lanza had been institutionalized, 26 would still live in Newtown, CT.
If Nidal Hasan had been properly reported, investigated, and discharged from the Army, 13 would not have died at Ft. Hood.
If you really want to improve safety, keep criminals in jail, terrorists out of the U.S., and people are are mentally deranged in institutions.


55 posted on 04/13/2013 12:05:14 PM PDT by jim-x (9/11/2001 - Never forget, Never forgive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shameless exploitation of a greiving dupe who has no idea what she really wants.


56 posted on 04/13/2013 12:06:15 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: zagger

““She said new gun laws were needed to prevent more deaths.””

When I was in Law School, I was told there were, IIRC, over 70,000 laws making the murder of a person illegal. Thousands of these laws were relevant to the use of guns.

Her name should be “Craftsman” since she is being used as a tool for the Socialist Leadership in control here in the US.


57 posted on 04/13/2013 12:08:38 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Democrats are experts at redefining words.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

I wonder how many of these parents were anti-gun and anti-2nd-Amendment before the killings? If the first school personnel the deranged moron met had a gun and used it to kill him, this would have never gotten to the killing of innocent children. This woman (and others used) are fools.


58 posted on 04/13/2013 12:19:23 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gaffer

Sandy Hook has been bought and paid for by the Gubmint!!!!


59 posted on 04/13/2013 1:17:29 PM PDT by thegrump
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To: chooseascreennamepat

The Sandy Hook incident, Newtown and the people there are bought and paid for.


60 posted on 04/13/2013 1:17:36 PM PDT by thegrump
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To: SeekAndFind

What does it mean when politicians use a grieving parent/widow to push politics?

It means they’re trying to shame you into not thinking and just going along like a good little useful idiot.


61 posted on 04/13/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: GeronL

>> Arming the teachers is the only thing that would have given them a chance.

Or a responsible father.


62 posted on 04/13/2013 2:53:03 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: napscoordinator
We can stand to hear this woman go through the grieving process.

Not when the results will lead to gun confiscation.

63 posted on 04/13/2013 2:53:19 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: hal ogen
I wonder how many of these parents were anti-gun and anti-2nd-Amendment before the killings?

Obama: 645 Romney: 577
Johnson: 4
Anderson: 12

64 posted on 04/13/2013 3:02:35 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: garbanzo

Maybe NPR? Then again I don’t even know what my local NPR affiliate is.


65 posted on 04/13/2013 3:52:16 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Gaffer
Her grief keeps her from realizing Democrats will use it to further their attempts to completely subjugate freedom-minded Americans. Forgive her - she knows not what she does.

and she also does not realize that Obama will look the other way when 'Holder's people' gun down children or when smarter criminals turn to bombs. As usual, they will all say "we never thought this would ever happen". They were shocked when the Sandy Hook massacre happened and they'll be shocked ad nauseam as long as dumb minds exist on Earth.
66 posted on 04/13/2013 4:07:44 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: pabianice

Maybe even billions.


67 posted on 04/13/2013 4:09:09 PM PDT by matt04
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To: goodwithagun
I can’t imagine what they will continue to endure the rest of their lives. I would be a basket case. However, I cannot forgive them for insisting that my children be left without protection just because theirs were.

I can imagine. They will read about more massacres of helpless children in 'gun free zones' thanks to this legislation. They will be horrified all over again and ve reminded of their loss all over again while the rest of us become the newly bereaved.

If my children ever get murdered then I will blame every remotely leftist individual in the entire country and treat them like ****ing murderers every chance I get. There won't be anything else left in my life but vengeance.
68 posted on 04/13/2013 4:11:23 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: illiac
She is beyond stupid to be used in zero’s pawn game....

Grief and depression tend to lower a person's IQ significantly. She is probably a nice person but her stupidity will cause the deaths of thousands more little ones.

Low intellect is a disease which must be removed. It is the only disease which causes a nice person to cause senseless destruction.
69 posted on 04/13/2013 4:14:18 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: nonliberal

I don’t want to judge them for this...but there is no way that I would ever want to show my face in public.

If my 6 year old was blown to bloody shreds in a school classroom...I’d hide myself in a cellar for years. They would have to feed me via IV because I’d lose the will to eat and drink.


70 posted on 04/13/2013 4:17:13 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Prospero

meanwhile, a MILLION children will be rationed to death from Obamacare. Dear leader will be literally worshiped whenever one child survives.


71 posted on 04/13/2013 4:20:13 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: SMCC1
They will fail at banning guns because I would RATHER DIE then live in a world where dehumanization continues its course into the bottom of the abyss. If they succeed at disarming us...this will happen to our little ones...



They can take my guns from my cold dead hands before they take my kids!
72 posted on 04/13/2013 4:27:58 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
commonsense gun responsibility reforms that will make our communities safer and prevent more tragedies

Imagine the emotionalism driving this. She's had time to think and absorb what happened. In the final analysis it was the government that killed these kids.

The state and county governments have abandoned the seriuosly mentally ill. The state, county and federal government have made it nigh impossible to arm teachers (remember the armed pilot program and how impossible it was to get "certified").

The NICS is a joke and a waste of time when less than 1% of denials ever make it to prosecution. What's the purpose of gun control? It certainly isn't putting criminals in jail. We already have enough laws on the books to do that.

What's the real purpose here?

73 posted on 04/13/2013 7:44:38 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: GeronL

C’mon...President Obama and Governor Malloy have to be right that out of the sixty or so teachers and staff at Sandy Hook they couldn’t possibly find even five or six that are mentally stable enough to be trusted with a firearm, even with training...most of them are NEA members.


74 posted on 04/13/2013 7:50:48 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: napscoordinator

“These parents of the kids who died are still grieving. I can’t imagine what that is like and hopefully never will. You have NO IDEA what you would do or say in this position. I don’t agree with changing guns laws because it will do nothing but these parents of dead 6 years olds should be shown some respect.”

They are grieving, and the ghouls are making sure they keep them that way. It is common for grieving people to lash out irrationally, and these people are being pointed at a target by opportunistic politicos.


75 posted on 04/13/2013 7:56:33 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: xrmusn

That was a Coulter comment.


76 posted on 04/13/2013 7:58:54 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Ms. Wheeler,
You were entitled to my sympathy for your murdered child up until the point where you became a communist shill. Since you have lowered yourself to that status, you are entitled only to my enmity and contempt. May nothing but misfortune, illness, and misery be your lot for the rest of your days.

With sincere disrespect,
Me


77 posted on 04/13/2013 8:27:25 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: GenXteacher

So, how do your peers feel about the president’s assertion that among all of you there are not five or six that are stable enough to be trusted with a firearm?


78 posted on 04/14/2013 7:05:07 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

We had a lockdown drill some time ago. One of my colleagues told me that during the drill, he found himself wishing for a shotgun. He wasn’t the only one..... My opinion is that if we had a shift in the rules we’d have armed teachers at my school, although not the majority, as women seem to be generally opposed to the notion. My most immediate colleagues pooh-pooh the notion of not being competent- some have been Marines and a majority of the rest own guns themselves or their husbands do. Nice not being in a Yankee union school....


79 posted on 04/14/2013 7:24:47 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two questions for Mrs. Wheeler:

1) Have you read the legislation?

2) Exactly how does the legislation make it so what happened in that case will never happen again?


80 posted on 04/14/2013 7:27:28 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: GenXteacher

I think that if a teacher can’t be trusted with a gun, they can not be trusted with children.


81 posted on 04/14/2013 7:58:23 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: GenXteacher

I also don’t think the majority of teachers need to be armed in school… It’s OK if it is a majority, but if you have 10% or a critical mass of 5-6 armed teachers and staff, that should generally do. Just as long as it’s not just one or two.


82 posted on 04/14/2013 8:05:02 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

It would depend on the size of the school, as in number of teachers and actual physical area, in my opinion. Also, cooperation and communication with law enforcement who would be clearing the building would be a necessity- the potential for friendly fire incidents is enormous. Some procedures about firearms use would be critical to avoidance of those. Also, there would have to be a great deal of discussion about which arms to use- FMJ rifle rounds would be a poor choice as most schools are built of concrete blocks and the range in most cases relatively short. Simply saying “Arm the teachers” is one thing, and doing it is a bit more involved. It is still the most logical and fiscally responsible step, though.


83 posted on 04/14/2013 9:00:41 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: GenXteacher

Sure. There can be nuts and bolts involved in setting up program up. Allowing and encouraging some teachers and staff to have firearms at the school would be an improvement on what we do now. Setting up a an actual plan would be a further improvement from that.

As for local law enforcement clearing the building, some consideration certainly needs to be taken – however by the time the police show up, it’s pretty likely that the situation would either be in stalemate or resolved.


84 posted on 04/14/2013 9:50:47 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: GenXteacher

And another comment: I agree that some situational training, especially including local law enforcement, probably should be a prerequisite; maybe some reasonable periodic subsidized range qualification. That is, however, a pretty low hurdle in implementing such a thing. Maybe include reading “in the gravest extreme”. It’s not rocket science.


85 posted on 04/14/2013 10:04:39 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Wanderer99

The hill to die on involves our kids...in a perverse way that crazy “news lady” was right about our kids being our “collective responsibility”....but not in the way she means it!

The minute they try to legalize sex with children or water down laws or the media tries to normalize pedophilia, the it’s past time that arms should have been taken up!


86 posted on 04/14/2013 7:20:01 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Rest assured, Mankind is loved....both completely and severely!)
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