PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Obama is being blasted for using American children as “human shields” to announce his new gun-control proposals.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to unveil their ideas on Wednesday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney noted, “They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of [the Newtown, Conn.] tragedy, expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents.”
The announcement brought swift condemnation from top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh, who said, “He’s using these kids as human shields. Obama uses kids as human shields. The Democrats use kids as human shields.”
Limbaugh continued: “He brings these kids who supposedly wrote letters to the White House after Newtown, bring them up there to present a picture of support among the children for the president to do something about guns. It’s gonna be very difficult, very difficult to oppose it. You got these little kids there. They don’t want to die. ‘How can you not listen to them? We’ve gotta do something.’ That’s the picture. That’s the image that the presence of the kids is designed to create.”
Carney said Obama will unveil a “concrete package” of ideas including bans on so-called “assault weapons,” bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines, and closing loopholes on background checks.