by Peter Grady –
An email by the Obama campaign about the Newtown school shooting directs people to a page featuring a button asking for donations.
On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, breaking multiple gun laws, murdered 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Following the shooting the mainstream media immediately began calling for gun control, despite Connecticut already having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel and longtime Obama supporter once said “you never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.”
Democratic lawmaker Rep. Jerrold Nadler has echoed similar sentiments regarding the Newtown tragedy saying Obama needs to “exploit” the issue in order to pass stricter gun control laws.
In an interview with Ed Schultz, Nadler was asked if the Newtown tragedy could finally give Democrats the boost they need to pass stronger gun control laws.
“I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next” incident,” Nadler said.
Following Nadler’s statement the White House has appeared to indicate it fact intend to “exploit” the tragedy.
In an email sent Monday from David Axlerod, he calls on supporters to watch a video of the president’s speech Sunday evening to the families of the shooting victims.
“Last night, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence,” Axelrod wrote. “He spoke from the heart — as a president and a parent.”
After clicking on the link to the video, readers are taken to a web page featuring a prominent “quick donate” button to the right of the video. People clicking on the donate button are then offered the option to give money to the campaign in amounts ranging from $5 -$1,000.
While the email does not explicitly call on people to donate, Axelrod says, “As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.”
Axelrod’s email on the Newtown shooting provides not just one, but two links to the donate page with one above and the other below a picture of Barack Obama.
While many of the pages on Obama’s website offer people an opportunity to donate, very few of them are reachable primarily from a link in an email from leading operatives with the president’s campaign.
The donate button on a web page about the Newtown shooting is striking when one considers the Obama campaign won reelection with $14.2 million left over.