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Marlboro Boy Meets Obama After Plea for Gun Control

Maximo Gomez sent a plea to the president for gun control, which got him into The White House.

Sometimes, the simplest gesture can change your life. Just like it did for Defino Central Elementary School student Maximo Gomez, after he decided to write a letter to President Barack Obama.

Dear Mr. President,  

I am 10 years old and live in Marlboro, NJ, and I am scared. Please, we need to change the constitution. We need gun control in America. I believe in you.

Thank you for all you do. Please write back. Happy Holidays.

Your Friend,  
Maximo Gomez 

P.S. My bulldog says hi to Bo. 

Gomez's plea got him into The White House on Jan. 16, the same day Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the most expansive gun control reform in the history of the United States.

Gomez met members of Congress, gun control advocates, Newtown residents and students from Virginia Tech during the memorable visit.

fed up January 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Please, "We need to change the constitution. We need gun control in america." Its a shame this young man has no clue what he is asking for. But i'm sure his parents do. Its amazing to me how some people will exploit their children for their own political views. Sick!
david bart January 19, 2013 at 03:54 AM
You are the sick one. This young lad is asking for something that we expect from the government - protection from evil people with deadly weapons that serve no purpose other than to kill as many people as possible. He didn't ask to take guns away from everyone.
cynicinmarlboro January 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Perhaps the parents are exploiting the child, but it's nothing that the NRA is trying to do itself. After all the comments in other articles it seems many want to treat the children as hardened criminals. I've heard anything from armored transportation, bullet-proof glass, barbed wire fencing(!), as well as cops everywhere. It's not the children that should be treated like those going to a penitentiary when all they are doing is going to school. Semi-automatic weapons and inordinate bullet magazines are not a requirement for the average person. A simple pistol or rifle for either protection or hunting is all that is necessary. How many weapons does the average person require? Leave the other weaponry to law enforcement and the military. Anyone who thinks differently really needs to show very good cause. I have never heard a single good argument for it. It still will not prevent the single unstable individual from doing harm, but we have lived with these things for many years. However, I offer a solution that will not make the above suggestions such a tax burden on everyone should that be the way that is decided. Let's start with the NRA's suggestion of a cop in every school. Seems that the NRA is very powerful and loaded with cash that they throw around Washington. Instead of the legal bribery our representatives receive from them, perhaps the NRA should fund the "cop in every school" suggestion they are pushing for instead of exploiting the children in their own way.
Claudine Scozzari January 19, 2013 at 03:54 PM
To fed up - The USA may need to change the constitution stating that U.S. citizens have evolved to the point where the USA is a civilized society where violence will not be tolerated. The technology and weapons have become more sophisticated, so the times are not the same as they were in 1776 when the constitution was authored. The author of this letter really needs to be commended for allowing himself to be used as target practice for all of the gun lovers of the USA and the NRA. There was a time and a place for the second admendment in this country; however, I believe this country has evolved to become a society where people can live their lives without the fear of a neighbor pulling a gun on them.
fed up January 19, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Ohhh Claudine, lets see. You also want to change the constitution, interesting. You think we have evolved to be a civilized society? really? Since when has violence been tolerated? As far as technology and weapons go, of course they have become more sophisticated. But that was and is not the reason the second admendment was introduced. As far as your statement goes about time and place for the second admendment, i can't think of a better time for it to be in place. You also believe that the country has evolved to become a society where people can live their lives without fear of a neighbor pulling a gun on them. If that is what you think you really have serious issues. Its not my neighbors that worry me, it is all the wackjob criminals that will always have guns that worries me.

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