Zaevion Dobson is a name that many will not soon forget.
That goes especially for the lives that Zaevion Dobson saved last month in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Zaevion Dobson, in the midst of gang violence, jumped in front of a group of three friends and caught the gunfire that was speeding toward them. He gave his life for those people.
In Tuesday’s speech on gun control, President Obama brought attention to Zaevion Dobson’s sacrifice in an emotional reference.
He said, “Zaevion Dobson was a sophomore at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He played football; beloved by his classmates and his teachers. His own mayor called him one of their city’s success stories.”
After the shooting Zaevion Dobson’s name became synonymous with heroism and courage.
President Obama called on Americans to have just a fraction of what Zaevion Dobson had.
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He said, “We are not asked to do what Zaevion Dobson did. We’re not asked to have shoulders that big; a heart that strong; reactions that quick. I’m not asking people to have that same level of courage, or sacrifice, or love. But if we love our kids and care about their prospects, and if we love this country and care about its future, then we can find the courage to vote.”
What do you think about President Obama mentioning the heroic acts of Zaevion Dobson during his speech? Do you think he’s sending the right message about gun control?