The most recent response to a White House petition further demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Obama administration, using a petition calling for politicians to be protected by gun-free zones — like everyday Americans — instead of armed agents to push President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda.
The White House responded to a petition asking for the elimination of armed agents for the President, Vice President and their families, and the establishment of gun free zones surrounding them Tuesday. In the official response on the administration’s “We the People” page, White House officials nixed the idea and instead pivoted to its gun control agenda, telling Americans to call on Congress to take “commonsense steps to reduce gun violence.”
“In 1901, after the third assassination of a sitting President, Congress mandated that the President receive full-time protection, and that law is still in effect today,” the White Houses’s response states. “Because of it, those who are the subject of ongoing threats must receive the necessary and appropriate protection.”
The White House then directs the petitioners to a video of the President posted in December — in response to another petition on “We the People” — and outlines Obama’s gun control plan, effectively providing a non-response to the original petition.
“A minority in the Senate is blocking this common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence, but President Obama is already taking action to protect our kids with executive actions,” the response says.
The original petition, created December 23 by an American in Blacksburg, Va., received more than 40,000 signatures. It addressed the issue of gun-free zones and called for the President, Vice President and their families to be afforded the same protections as average Americans — namely these gun-free areas.
“Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms,” the petition states. “Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.”
The mass shootings at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School and Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., occurred in gun-free zones, but though the killers paid little attention to the law, Americans are expected to act to the contrary.