President Barack Obama took his emotional anti-gun campaign to Minnesota today, and reiterated again his support for gun-control measures that score well among urban voters.
“No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe, but if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s even one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try,” said Obama, whose soft-focus message hit several emotional points, including the December murder of 20 children in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“If we are serious about preventing the kind of tragedies that happened in Newtown … Chicago, Philadelphia or Minneapolis, then law-enforcement and other community leaders must have a seat at the table,” he said, as numerous male and female police officers stood behind.
The police, Obama said, “see the awful consequences — lives lost, families shattered … officers know what it is like to look into the eyes of someone who has lot a relative to violence.”
Obama’s emotional message likely has more political impact than the emphasis placed on legal rights by groups such as the National Rifle Association.
Yet his emotional message arguably wasn’t as powerful as the Jan. 30 testimony by conservative lawyer and activist Gayle Trotter.
“An ‘assault weapon’ in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon,” she told the Senate judiciary committee.