The petition website setup by Whitehouse.gov receives all kinds of interesting petitions on a daily basis. But rarely does the White House ever actually respond to any of these petitions, especially ones that are pro gun.
But now there has been an official response to this petition entitled, “Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them“.
The petition has received over 40,000 signatures as the signers see the hypocrisy of those that are calling for more gun control as they have armed guards to protect them everywhere they go. So if these leaders want more gun-free zones, why not start with themselves?
Here is the official response to this petition from the White House:
“We live in a world where our elected leaders and representatives are subject to serious, persistent, and credible threats on a daily basis. Even those who are mere candidates in a national election become symbols of our country, which makes them potential targets for those seeking to do harm to the United States and its interests. In 1901, after the third assassination of a sitting President, Congress mandated that the President receive full-time protection, and that law is still in effect today. Because of it, those who are the subject of ongoing threats must receive the necessary and appropriate protection.
At the same time, all of us deserve to live in safer communities, which is why we need to take responsible, commonsense steps to reduce gun violence, even while respecting individual freedom. And let’s be clear: President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.”
Hmm, way to answer the petition there, hah? What do you think of this response? Is it really saying anything?