On Wednesday, as President Barack Obama revealed his plans to prevent gun violence in the United States, the White House released a handful of handwritten letters from children, asking the President about gun control.
"It's a free country, but I recommend there needs be a limit with guns," wrote 8-year-old Grant Fritz, who lives in Maryland. "P.S. I know you're doing your best," he added.
"I am writing you to ask you to STOP gun violence," read a letter from 10-year-old Taejah Goode, who lives in Georgia. "I am very sad about the children who lost their lives."
There are no words to explain how sad I am about the school shooting," wrote 11-year-old Julia, a resident of Washington, D.C. "Even though I'm not scared for my safety, I'm scared for others… I may not [be] that into politics, but my opinion is that it should be very hard for people to buy guns."
"I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed. Not just for me, but for the whole United States,'' she added. She signed her letter with "my love and regrets."
"Julia, I will try very hard," Obama responded after reading her letter to officials at the White House on Wednesday.
''These are some pretty smart letters from some pretty smart young people,'' Obama said just before he announced his new gun control plan. ''So what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care 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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