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Obamas Mark Newtown in Peculiar Style

The Obamas marked the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings Saturday with an odd little ceremony in which the two of them dressed up in dark outfits, entered the White House Map Room at exactly 9:29 – about the moment the shootings began – lit some candles, bowed their heads and then . . . left.

Honestly, this seemed a little thrown together. Have a look.

Better planned was President Obama’s weekly address, in which he used the tragedy to promote gun control and lecture Americans, declaring, “we must change.”

From the very beginning, our efforts were led by the parents of Newtown . . . their example has inspired us – to be better parents and better neighbors; to give our children everything they need to face the world without fear; to meet our responsibilities not just to our own families, but to our communities.

Really? What does this mean, exactly? Did this barbaric murder happen because we’re not good enough parents and neighbors? Why are we all responsible for one deluded, sick individual?

Obama continues:

We haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer.  We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily.  We have to do more to heal troubled minds.  We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for.

Obama is not going to get any major new gun control legislation out of this Congress. Why not just just use the anniversary of Newtown to promote healing instead of lecturing and pressing an agenda?

Can’t our president unite us and salute the brave people of Newtown instead of hectoring us to do better when the only one who did anything wrong is currently rotting in Hell?

Newtown Families Back in Town; Meeting With Obama, Biden

President Obama and Vice President Biden will keep the gun issue simmering with a meeting today with the families of  victims of the Newtown massacre.

Friday is the six-month anniversary of the shootings, and the families are in Washington seeking to relaunch efforts to pass gun control legislation.

Biden has made reviving the legislation his pet project, a possible play to Democratic presidential primary voters who may view him as leading on the issue while Hillary Clinton does speaking engagements. Obama has been less vocal about a second round of gun control, but this time he’s joining in.

Obama and Biden will tell the families that “we will never forget and we will continue to fight alongside them,” according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Obama to Travel to Site of Connecticut Shootings

President Obama Sunday will travel to Newtown, Connecticut, site of the massacre Friday that took 28 lives, 20 of them children.

From the White House:

While in Newtown, the President will meet with the families of those who were lost and thank first responders.  The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Obama will spend a total of five hours on the ground in Connecticut and will make remarks at Newtown High School.