Today only 33 days after the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook the people are finally getting real gun reform. And no the President is not take away all your guns. He even said so today.
“Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen. There are millions of responsible, law-abiding gun owners in America who cherish their right to bear arms for hunting, or sport, or protection, or collection.”
In a briefing to the press the President laid out his new executive actions to reduce gun violence. The President and Vice President both spoke about the need to stop the senseless violence and tragedies that are happening more and more.
President Obama stated: “I’m going to do my part. As soon as I’m finished speaking here, I will sit at that desk and I will sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence.”
Some of the items include a universal background check on all weapons sales. A ban on all military style assault weapons with a 10 round magazine limit. President Obama is also pushing funding out to schools to hire additional resource officers, increasing funding to police departments, and better mental health programs. Read all the proposals.
President Obama stated, “We will make it easier to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by strengthening the background check system. We will help schools hire more resource officers if they want them and develop emergency preparedness plans. We will make sure mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence — even as we acknowledge that someone with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator.”
This statement to the country won high praise from some of the more vocal organization against gun violence including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“The Brady Campaign stands with the President and Vice President in supporting these comprehensive policy recommendations to address gun violence. The White House has shown tremendous leadership in convening stakeholders and engaging the country in a conversation that the Brady Campaign and so many Americans have been calling for in the wake of Aurora, Newtown, and the 32 gun murders that happen every day in our country …. We also re-affirm the Brady Campaign’s commitment to lead the way toward better public health and safety education programs regarding the almost 300 million guns already in the hands of mostly law-abiding citizens. I strongly believe that now it’s up to us to make real change happen.”
The President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, also commended the President on his actions today in a written statement.
“The tragic events of Newtown must serve as a clarion call for immediate action to keep our communities safe from gun violence and ensure schools are the safe sanctuaries our children need to learn and grow. We applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for heeding this call for action with a series of common-sense, balanced proposals that will make our nation safer.”
My Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter had this to say after hearing the Presidents plan.
“I agree with the President’s comprehensive approach to addressing gun violence,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I will not and cannot forget the never-ending scenes of families and communities in shock and mourning, and I will not ignore the calls of our citizens to do something to help stop the violence. I support responsible gun ownership because Americans have a right to hunt or defend themselves, and they also have a right to expect to be safe as they go about their daily lives.”
So as you can plainly see, nobody wants to take away your guns. We all just want to see our work, our schools, our churches, and our cities be safer places.