These statements and images come from videos made by the White House, in which children read from letters that they had written to President Barack Obama.
Hinna, age 8: “Can we stop using guns? I think if there are not guns on the street, no one can get hurt. Bullets don’t have eyes. They can hurt everyone. I love my country and I want everyone to be happy and safe. No guns. No guns. No guns. No guns.”
Taejah, age 10: “I am writing you to ask you to STOP gun violence. I am very sad about the children who lost their lives in Connecticut.”
Julia, age 11: “I may not be that into politics but my opinion is that it should be very hard for people to buy guns. The only thing they do is harm or kill. 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.”
Grant, age 8: “I think there should be some changes in the law with guns. It’s a free country but I recommend there needs to be a limit with guns. Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that. I think there should be a limit about how many guns a person can own. We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook [Elementary School].”