New Year’s Resolution: Do Not Forget The Children Of Newtown, CT.
Mike MageeOn December 30, 2012, President Obama stated that the day a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., was the “worst day of my presidency.”
Clearly his visit to Newtown, CT was for him a call to action. He immediately established a task force under the direction of Vice President Biden to bring back recommendations for change. On December 17, 2012, he met privately with the Vice-President and three members of his Cabinet — Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — to discuss steps forward in the aftermath of Newtown.(1)
Christmas has come and gone. The children have been laid to rest. And the country is on a Fiscal Cliff watch. But yesterday, on Meet The Press, the President focused again on these innocent children and stated that he intends to move legislation through Congress within the year.(2)
“Anybody who was up in Newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families understands that something fundamental in America has to change. And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom.”