Letter earns a Marietta child a trip to see Obama sign gun proposals
by Lindsay Field
January 17, 2013 12:00 AM | 2574 views | 16 16 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Hinna Zeejah, 8; Taejah Goode, 10; Julia Stokes, 11; and Grant Fritz, 8; — who wrote letters to President Barack Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. — watch as Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Teajah attends church in Marietta.<br>The Associated Press
From left, Hinna Zeejah, 8; Taejah Goode, 10; Julia Stokes, 11; and Grant Fritz, 8; — who wrote letters to President Barack Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. — watch as Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Teajah attends church in Marietta.
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A fourth-grade drummer at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, 10-year-old Taejah Goode, was one of a handful of children invited by President Barack Obama to be in attendance on Wednesday while he signed proposals calling on Congress to tighten gun-control laws.

The proposals would require background checks for every gun buyer, a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles and a limit on high-capacity clips.

The Rev. Harris Travis, pastor of Zion Baptist, said Goode’s mother, Kimberly Graves, received a phone call from a White House official Monday morning inviting them to attend the signing.

“She called me immediately after she got the call to talk everything through,” he said. “She was a little concerned, asking ‘Is this for real?’ You don’t get a call from the White House every day. … I don’t know what I would do either.”

Travis said Goode and Graves, who live in Douglas County but have attended the Marietta church for many years, were headed home Wednesday night from Washington, D.C.

He didn’t know Goode had written a letter shortly after the Newtown, Conn., shooting at an elementary school but said it didn’t surprise him.

“He is a very, very impressive young man,” Travis said. “He has done extremely well in school, and he goes after school and takes classes in music. He can play the organ extremely well, piano extremely well and the drums.”

Goode’s letter to Obama states, “I am writing to ask you to STOP gun violence. I am very sad about the children who lost their lives in Connecticut, so I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence. Thank you, Mr. President. Your American, Taejah.”

Obama read aloud Goode’s letter, along with those of several other children, to a group of Cabinet secretaries, administration officials and others in a White House auditorium Wednesday prior to the announcement.

“These are some pretty smart letters from some pretty smart young people,” Obama said. “So what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for them, and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they’re capable of doing. Not just to pursue their own dreams, but to help build this country. This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”

None of the writers invited to Wednesday’s media event said they opposed efforts to tighten access to guns.

The White House did not immediately respond when asked whether it had received letters from children who disagreed with Obama on the need for stricter gun control.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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In the trenches
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January 18, 2013
Lib in Cobb,

I pray to God that you do not teach or volunteer in our schools. It is obvious that what knowledge and views you have come from only reading and news and real life application of protecting freedom or the constitution. Your words show that you have never given your own blood or sacrificed your own body to protect people from violence or to uphold the constitution and laws that a llot of us have taken an oath to protect. Your theories sound warm and fuzz in a classroom or socialist meeting. I would suggest that you read the Decloration of Independence, take an oath to uphold it, and then strap some boots on and put your life on the everyday to protect it for people that violate it.

And on the note of blaming Bush all the time is getting old. I believe that every President in history has dropped the ball on many decisions. And every President from here on out will also make bad decisions. But like my dad always told " don't blame other people for your mistakes." If President Obama is not man enough to handle this horrible violent country that Bush left, then he needs to move on instead of blaming other people.

- GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH

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Lib in Cobb
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January 18, 2013
@ OK for Lib: You obviously don't know any teachers. Cobb County Schools tells the teachers what to teach, they are told to teach to the test, that is Standardized Testing. You seem to think that all children come to school equally prepared, they don't. Children who have a two parent family, where there is a plenty of resources, including good food, computers, tutors if needed, a bed to sleep in, a nice warm house are going to perform better than the child who have nothing. The children who don't have any of the previously mentioned resources are not going to perform as well for the most part. NO, the playing field is not level, that's why standardized testing is absolutely the worst way to judge the children.

I will suggest that you get to know the teachers in your local elementary school before you start blaming them for the inadequacies of some of the children.

Do some volunteer work in a classroom, you might learn something of value. You are very quick to judge the teacher based on very little information. I will call that "IGNORANT"!
Taxpayer 3
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January 17, 2013
MDJ: Please inquire as to whom paid the expense of the family's trip to Washington. I hope there were no taxpayer funds spent.
absolutely ???
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January 17, 2013
How too adorable for words. So the country is being run by a commie and kids. Very reassuring.
Lib in Cobb
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January 17, 2013
Previous to President Obama's first term the country was lead by a war mongering pig. Very re-assuring that the Bush name has become as toxic as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan. I am certain I forgot a few of the "would be kings/queens".
Michael P.
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January 17, 2013
Yeah, this is truly great. Lets just blame all violence on the guns themselves, rather than the actual individual who abused them...and then lets just have all our children go to the White House so they can see just how quickly an abusive government and President can SIGN AWAY our GUARANTEED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS! And just think about it...if he's lucky, and if our government ALLOWS him to in the future, he'll ba able to tell his grandchildren that he was their to witness the END of our democratic society! You anti-gun morons aren't going to be happy until the only people in this country that have guns are the criminals. Not to mention how totally disgusting it is that YOUR President (because MY President wouldn't do anything like this...EVER) would use our CHILDREN to exploit his illegal policies...and shame on their parents for not seeing it!!

If this trend continues, this country will end up in a civil war, and it's going to be far worse than the last one!!
Lib in Cobb
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January 17, 2013
Michael: If I could, I would take you guns away first, only because you lack the understanding to process what is being done and why. No one is going to attempt a change to the second amendment. If you are a law abiding person you can keep your guns, you may have to register those guns, but you can keep them, you can now untwist your panties.

The second amendment was not written to make murder more efficient. Get it? Probably not.
Southern Patriot
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January 17, 2013
Liberal socialist indoctrination brought to us by Carl Marx and his twentyfirst century disciples.
Lib in Cobb
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January 17, 2013
Southern patriot: I will venture a guess that if you are a parent of elementary school children, you would have prevented them from viewing an address by President Obama, which covered the importance of staying in school. Why? Because you would have felt that President Obama was attempting to indoctrinate the children with "Lberal socialist" ideas. This happened in many Cobb County Schools.

Lib in Cobb
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January 17, 2013
At ten, Taejah Goode has more sense than the adults who believe that further gun control is not necessary. Thank you Taejah and thank you President Obama.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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January 17, 2013
@"lib": Last time I looked, there were 3 other children (Obama excluded) in that platform. Your color bias is painfully obvious to the rest of us.
OK for a Lib
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January 17, 2013
I found a letter written by a 10 year old to be ashamedly simple. My 7 year old granddaughter's compositions and vocabulary, unaided by any adult, are years more sophisticated that the simple sounding and repetitious letter written by this young man.

There is no understanding of the rights of our people guaranteed by our constitution - failure of both the school and parent(s). I am assuming no father is in the picture.

I read the letter by 3rd grade student Hinna Zeejah, printed, sloppy, many easy and simple words misspelled. She was referred to as precocious.

It seems school teachers are more concerned with indoctrination instead of academics. Failures in English, spelling, penmanship and certainly History.
Lib in Cobb
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January 18, 2013
@May-retta: No color bias at all. Keep looking for racism among the progressive thinking population.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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January 19, 2013
@Lib in Cobb: "racism" is merely a word that people like you toss out when they can't deal with facts.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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January 19, 2013
@"Lib in Cobb": "Keep looking for racism..." Not so funny when the term "racism" is applied to liberals...is it? I truly feel your pain, but could care less.
Fred Farkel
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January 17, 2013
Yep, great way to learn the facts of life. Its all about sucking up to the boss early on there kiddies.
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