Ga. boy back home after gun control letter scores White House invite

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Video: 11pm: Taejah Goode, 10, Home After Meeting with President

Taejah Goode, 10, of Douglasville, arriving at Hartsfield Jackson Airport Wednesday night, January 16, 2013, after meeting with the President at the White House.

VIDEO UPDATE: Taejah Goode and his mother arrived back at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Wednesday night after joining the president at the White House for his gun controls announcement. The 10 year old said he is hoping and expecting the president and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to find a way to prevent Newtown massacres from happening again.


ATLANTA -- As President Obama signed his executive orders involving gun control, four children stood behind him.

Each child wrote a letter after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and one of them is 10-year-old Taejah Goode of Douglasville. The White House invited him and his mother up on Tuesday in preparation of Wednesday's press conference. 

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It was top secret, and the two guests were not allowed to say anything about their trip. That is, until Taejah's friends in school saw him on national television today.

Sitting politely in his suit and white turtleneck, Taejah was just steps away from the President of the United States, listening as Obama outlined his plans for stricter gun control.

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"I was thinking of excitement that people were not going to be suffering anymore," Taejah said.

It was a handwritten letter that Taejah wrote to the President just days after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook, that got the President's attention.

"I am writing to you today to ask you to stop gun violence," Taejah read from his letter. "I am very sad about the children who lost their lives in Connecticut."

Taejah, a straight-A student, is known for his tender heart. He is a music prodigy, who from the age of 4 has played the drums with the church choir every Sunday.

"My nephew was very concerned," said Taejah's aunt, Rev. Sharon Graves-Watson. "He was really distraught about it. It hurt him. So he called me and we talked about it, and I told him 'You know what, why don't we write the President a letter and maybe some good can come out of this. Would that make you feel better?'"

"He said 'yes!'" Graves-Watson continued."We never thought in a million years that we would get a response from that letter."

What a response it was! Taejah was invited along with three children who wrote similar letters to the president.

Taejah said, "You never know when somebody is going to strike with a gun that could kill you. And you don't want to lose your life over one little thing like a bullet."

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