While talking about his executive actions on gun control with children in tow, President Obama spoke about a 7-year old girl named Grace McDonald, one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary last month:
When I visited Newtown last month, I spent some private time with many families who lost their children that day. And one was the family of Grace McDonald. Grace's parents are here. Grace was seven years old when she was struck down -- just a gorgeous, caring, joyful little girl. I'm told she loved pink. She loved the beach. She dreamed of becoming a painter.
And so just before I left, Chris, her father, gave me one of her paintings, and I hung it in my private study just off the Oval Office. And every time I look at that painting, I think about Grace. And I think about the life that she lived and the live that lay ahead of her, and most of all, I think about how, when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now -- for Grace.
It's all well and good for Obama to implore us to act now for Grace. But what about Heaven?
You see, Heaven Sutton was felled by a bullet in Chicago last June. Like Grace, Heaven was also 7-years old.
Heaven was selling candy with her mother when she was gunned down, caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. The Sutton family had only moved to the neighborhood six months earlier. Heaven was frightened by all the shootings in the neighborhood and was looking forward to a family vacation to Disney World. It was a vacation she would never take.
Chicago's gun control measures were powerless to keep Heaven safe. The same will be true of President Obama's measures. They will not stop evil people from committing evil acts. But they will make it harder for good people from stopping evil people.
I am sure Heaven Sutton was every bit as gorgeous, caring and joyful as Grace McDonald.
I am sure Heaven Sutton had dreams of her own.
I am sure Heaven Sutton drew pictures. If she did then perhaps President Obama should hang one of them outside his private study off the Oval Office, perhaps besides Grace McDonald's picture.
If he did then President Obama would think of both Heaven and Grace.
But this will not happen. I don't think Obama could come face to face with an image that is Heaven sent.