Sister of Newtown Victim Makes Gun-Control Plea In Letter To Obama

The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have increased the calls for gun control around the nation and in Congress, but perhaps none have been as poignant as that from 10-year-old Natalie Barden, sister of victim Daniel Barden.

Natalie’s letter, written to President Barack Obama and read by Anderson Cooper on air, voiced her clear and thoughtful belief that guns did not belong in the hands of most civilians:

My name is Natalie Barden and I wanted to tell the president that only police officers and the military should get guns. If people want to do it as a sport than they could go to a shooting range and the guns would not be able to leave there.

Natalie, a member of the school newspaper, originally had meant to hand the president the letter while he was in Newtown comforting the grieving families, but became too intimidated to give it to him. A friend of the Barden family, Lillian Bittman, spoke with Cooper, who was also in Newtown, and asked him to read it on air. He obliged.

In a recent interview, Jackie Barden, the victim’s mother, described her son as an old soul who showed empathy beyond his years. His father recalled how he’d be halfway to the car (after shopping, say) before turning around and noticing that Daniel was still holding the door open for strangers.

Daniel was laid to rest on Wednesday.



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One Response to Sister of Newtown Victim Makes Gun-Control Plea In Letter To Obama

  1. kelihasablog says:

    I hated this shooting tragedy, but I also hate when they politicize it to try to get more gun control laws passed. The gun didn’t kill the children, the unstable boy pulled the trigger again and again for some sick reason that only he knows. True, I have to wonder what his mother was thinking having guns in the house when she KNEW he had mental problems. In almost every single case here, the shooter has mental problems, but due to the current laws no one is allowed to try to do anything about these people until it is too late. Insurance won’t pay for them to get treatment and even if the parent’s are able to have them “committed” for treatment, if they are of age, they can check themselves right back out. Medications usually control most of the mental illnesses, but not all, and you can’t force anyone to take the medication either, so this is a multitude of problems. If they ban guns, then what about knives that stab people, what about cars that kill people, the list goes ones. This is just one more ploy by our government for a photo-op and then suggest or encourage the child to write to the Pres. because the news would pick that up as being so pitiful. It’s all manipulation… and it makes me crazy that the govt. would use this incident to forward their own agenda of disarming the people and making them dependent on the govt.
    Well, sorry this is so long.
    Hope you have a happy holiday season! 😀

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