In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama has begun an effort to ban assault weapons.
In his speech at a memorial in Newtown on Sunday night he promised that meaningful change would take place:
“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”
The New York Daily News reports that the President is “interested in looking at banning high-capacity ammunition clips like those used in Friday’s massacre in Connecticut and in the movie theater rampage in Aurora, Colorado.” He is also working to ban the sale of firearms at gunshows, which can now be purchased without background checks.
In a statement, the National Rifle Association said, “The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”
What that means exactly is anyone’s guess, but it is inconceivable to continue the ways things are, with virtually anyone being allowed to buy a gun. Of course, guns are only one of the pieces that needs fixing in the horrific aftermath (albeit a very, very large piece). The state of mental health in our country and the lack of available help also need to be re-evaluated.
This is the beginning. No, it’s not a permanent fix. Even if the president is able to do all that he intends, without Congress proving a depressing opposition as they so often do, it is just the start. The only thing that would be more horrific than losing those innocent and precious lives would be for no good change to come from it.
In the days following the sheer horror, when we as parents still cannot grasp what actually happened, we need to embark on change in every imaginable form and fashion, and we need to start now.
President Obama is expected to outline his new plan and will name Joe Biden as the head of an inter-agency task force dedicated to gun policy laws.
Kudos to our President for taking the lead.
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