The horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has prompted many to visit the White House website’s “We The People” section and start 32 different petitions ranging from calling for a federal ban on assault weapons to increasing mental health services funding.
Normally, petitions to the White House haven’t been taken too seriously, and for good reason: in the days after President Obama won re-election to a second term, many people started and signed petitions demanding their states secede from the United States. Other unusual “We The People” petitions have asked the president to build a Death Star by the end of his term.
This time around, the president listened to the citizens and had a message for those wanting change after the Newtown massacre.
In a YouTube video uploaded today, President Obama addressed the petition by telling those who made their voices heard on the “We The People” section that “we hear you” and will work on finding legislation that “both protect our rights and our kids.”
He said: “I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts because if there’s even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children; we have a responsibility to try.”
See the president’s message about the Newtown petitions below and tell us what you think.