When President Obama takes the podium Wednesday afternoon to unveil the most expansive gun-control agenda in decades, he will be joined by children who wrote to him after the Newtown shooting urging him to take action against gun violence.

A letter to President Obama from Grant, an 8-year-old boy from Maryland, released by the White House.


Here is a look at what some of those children had to say, in their own words:

“I [am] not that into politics but my opinion is that it should be very hard for people to buy guns,” wrote Julia Stokes, an 11-year-old resident of the District. “The only thing they do is harm or kill and guns should only be used in most horrible event where others will get hurt if they are not. I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed, not just for me, but for the whole United States.”

“I am writing you to ask you to STOP gun violence,” wrote Taejah Goode, a 10-year-old from Georgia. “I am very sad about the children who lost their lives in Conn. So, I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence. Thank you Mr. President.”

“Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that. ... We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook,” wrote Grant Fritz, an eight-year-old boy from Maryland.

The White House isn't the only party to focus on children in an effort to further its argument in the gun control debate. The National Rifle Association on Tuesday released a new Web video charging that Obama is an "elitist hypocrite" because he is "skeptical" about increasing the number of armed guards in schools even as his two daughters enjoy Secret Service protection.

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the ad's narrator asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?"