Hey Mr. President, doesn’t my kid deserve protection too?

On October 1, before the bodies of the victims were cold or even identified, President Barack Obama took to the microphone to respond to the Roseburg, Oregon mass shooting that had just taken place at Umpqua Community College. No solid facts were in, except that a shooting had just occurred, but the President needed nothing more to begin blaming guns as the problem — even though the fact that this location was a “gun free zone” could arguably be blamed as one reason the murderer chose it in the first place.

But, who wants to hear common sense during a time like this?

When I heard he was about to speak, I decided to sit down and listen to the President for the first time in a long time. I wanted to hear what he had to say, and as I listened, to say I was utterly disgusted would be a gross understatement. I was livid. (watch footage below)

I’m the mother of a teenager, and every single weekday, I send her off to school to be a sitting duck in a “gun-free zone.” I resent this President, who dared to stand with armed bodyguards just inches away and with a clear lack of true compassion for the families who had just lost their loved ones in this senseless shooting, began to lecture me about how necessary gun control is — complete with false facts and all. He clearly thinks we’re all extremely naive, and I get that many Americans are on this particular issue, but I’m not, and I’m tired of being lectured.

I’ll let people much more informed than I give the stats, I’m writing this as a mother.

Why is it that my daughter’s life, and the life of every child in this country (except the President’s own daughters) is less important than that of the President? Those in Washington and in Hollywood, who surround themselves with armed guards for protection, seem to think it’s completely okay to lecture the rest of us on why we shouldn’t have the same capability of protecting ourselves and our families. We are now reaping the consequences of a policy that has left those who are most precious to us completely vulnerable, and we’re being lectured to on a daily basis about why we need more of the same.

Am I alone in my anger? Does anybody else wonder how anyone who honestly wants to save lives would begin demanding that guns be taken away from law abiding citizens so that criminals can go into gun-free zones and kill innocent people who have no way of protecting themselves?  The stupidity blows my mind. Moms, it’s time to start paying attention. This is what our nation’s leaders are advocating in the name of “gun control.”

I recently had a lengthy conversation with a friend who lives in New Jersey and works in New York City. I’m from a rural community in Virginia,  and was unaware that the gun laws in those states are as strict as they are. When she began describing to me how she plans to protect herself and her family if they are ever attacked, I was speechless. “It’s against the law to have a gun or even mace, so I’ve had to come up with an alternative plan,” she said, and then began to describe a plan of attack that an individual under pressure could never accomplish in time to actually prevent an attack. I was floored.

Ladies, when are we going to take on this fight like we mean it? This, combined with the recent Planned Parenthood scandal, isn’t just a war on women…this is a war on our kids.

How we move forward means everything to the safety of our children, because it is obvious that this President isn’t going to do a thing to actually protect them. It’s up to us to let lawmakers know where we stand by burning up the phone lines calling our representatives, getting on social media and informing friends about the actual facts when it comes to our Second Amendment rights (which can influence how they vote going forward), and voting for candidates that have common sense on these issues. It’s time to become well informed by joining organizations like the NRA, The Well Armed Woman, Gun Owners of America, and others. It’s time for those of us who lawfully own and responsibly operate firearms to take a stand and begin doing a better job of informing others on common sense issues like these. Many people feel genuinely helpless when it comes to this issue, but it’s not as difficult as we make it. After all…

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."

Robert A. Heinlein

Stay tuned for more on this topic, we’re just getting started.

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Teri Christoph
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Teri Christoph is one of the original founders of Smart Girl Politics. In addition to her work at SGP, Teri is a full-time fundraiser for conservative candidates and causes. She lives in Leesburg, VA, with her husband and four children. You can contact Teri at [email protected]

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