According to emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, first reported by The Baltimore Post, advisors to then-President Barack Obama immediately strategized how to exploit the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school to push their gun control agenda. “Tap peoples [sic] emotions,” Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel advised then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan on December 16, 2012, just two days after the massacre that left 26 dead. The victims’ bodies were yet to be laid to rest.
Investigative journalist Ann Costantino’s featured article for The Baltimore Post went viral, appearing on some of the nation’s largest news publication sites. The story focused on private emails, obtained through a FOIA request, between Chicago mayor (and former President Obama’s Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel and then U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The Post article was first picked up by The Daily Caller, founded by Tucker Carlson (now of Fox News fame). The Washington Times and The Daily Wire also featured the article on their sites.
Ann’s story apparently struck a nerve when it combined three topics of interest: the safety of our school children, The Second Amendment, and pushing political agendas.