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Michelle Obama ‘Will Speak’ On Gun Violence

From the Washington Post:

Michelle Obama to speak on gun violence, which could mean a more activist role

By Philip Rucker and Krissah Thompson | April 9, 2013

CHICAGO — When she returns home here Wednesday to deliver a speech on gun violence, first lady Michelle Obama will be making a rare foray into the politics of the day that could presage a more activist role during her husband’s second term.

Obama is taking what aides described as an intentional step outside her narrow focus on military families and childhood nutrition to confront the dark reality of young people being gunned down on the streets of America’s cities.

And never mind that these ‘young people’ are being gunned down by guns that are already illegal in any number of ways. In fact, it is even illegal to shoot people in general.

The remarks come amid a contentious debate on Capitol Hill over stricter gun laws advocated by President Obama.

White House officials say that the first lady will speak from the perspective of a mother, not as a gun-control booster. And unlike the president, aides said, she will not call on Congress to do anything.

How subtle.

But by speaking out now, Michelle Obama risks being seen as leveraging her widespread popularity to advance her husband’s legislative agenda. That would be an unusual move for any first lady, but particularly so for Obama, who has appeared careful to preserve her broad, nonpartisan appeal.

Yes, her "widespread popularity."

“The speech is deeply personal,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser and close friend of the Obamas. “She will really speak from the heart as a mom, as a Chicagoan and as somebody who cares intensely about providing young people with the opportunities that they need to achieve their full potential.”

And Valerie Jarrett should know, since she probably wrote the speech. In coordination with the Brady Center, of course.

Obama will speak at a downtown fundraising luncheon for a new, $50-million public-private initiative to curb youth violence in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), a former White House chief of staff, will introduce her, and an estimated 800 business executives and civic leaders plan to attend…

After her speech, Obama will visit with students and counselors at Harper High, one of Chicago’s most dangerous schools; last year, 29 current or recent Harper students were shot, eight of them fatally…

And never mind that Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the land.

Or that, as we have previously noted, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles are about the cities with the lowest prosecution of the federal gun laws that are already on the books.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Michelle Obama ‘Will Speak’ On Gun Violence”

  1. (hands over ears) lalalalalalalalalalala

    “Don’t look at her, you’ll turn to stone!”




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