|The President shed only one "tear" . Since he has been in office there|
have been 3 mass shootings. What is wrong here?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading national voice for new gun control laws, said President Barack Obama hasn’t made enough of an effort to ban ownership of assault weapons and restrict gun sales to criminals and mentally ill buyers. Bloomberg accused Obama, who has said he supports an assault weapons ban, of failing to act on the issue and other gun restrictions. “It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead,” he said. “This should be his number one agenda. He’s president of the United States, and if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns.President Obama missed a golden opportunity when, in the wake of the July massacre in Colorado, he failed to press Congress to ban assault weapons and outlaw large magazines for repeating firearms. The president should make good on his 2008 campaign promise to reinstate the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons, Bloomberg said. As far as guns goes Mr. Obama has been the NRA's best friend So, who knew Obama would be such a pro-gun president? That goes without saying -- but ordinary citizens. Pressure came from the National Rifle Association, but if Obama thought it might appease the gun lobby, he was dead wrong. He's the most pro-gun Democratic president in recent memory but he's still being accused of harboring a "secret plan" to abolish all hand guns. Everyone now is out buying guns because they think he’s going to confiscate them but here ***he is signing a bill that allows gun owners with carry permits to carry loaded guns into national parks: Obama signed the bill despite a controversial clause inserted in the legislation by allies of the gun lobby group National Rifle Association. The language permits gun owners to carry concealed weapons in national parks, a rule which gun control advocates complain threatens public safety. Another flub thanks to President Obama . Amtrak passengers will be allowed to bring unloaded guns on most trains starting in December, The Sacramento Bee reports.The policy, which took effect Dec. 15, allows passengers to bring guns aboard trains that have checked baggage service. Unloaded firearms must be packed in hard-sided containers and will be stored in train lockers, the newspaper reports. The change, ordered by Congress, brings Amtrak's firearms policy in line with air travel rules that permit unloaded guns to be stored in locked baggage holds, the paper says. Well the politicians have kicked the can , so far we have had 3 mass shootings since Obama took office . Remember during the Presidential debates the question of gun control came up and it was dodged by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address gun violence. In last night’s second presidential debate, Nina Gonzalez, an audience member, finally forced the issue by asking the candidates about guns. Both Obama and Romney said what their supporters wanted to hear, but neither offered up any proposals that would have any significant impact on gun deaths. You may not have noticed, but gun sales are booming these days. since 2011 was another record breaking year, with Americans purchasing some 10.8 million firearms, a 14% increase over 2010, and up 50% from ten years ago. Expect sales in 2012 to push even higher. Surveys among gun store owners and statistics on firearm background checks, among other sources, confirm that America's interest in gun ownership is growing exponentially. I think there are two reasons why these mass murders happen mostly in the US. It's not just the availability of semi-automatic weapons, although that is a big part of it. It is also the prevalence of the kind militant paranoia . As a "greatest nation" on the earth, it would be humbling to learn from other developed countries who have implemented strict gun control laws to deal with the tragic events without infringing on the rights of citizens, a concern often voiced by the conservatives. But at least make it a priority and undertake a bipartisan effort to achieve a conclusive goal. We owe it to the departed souls.
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
*** Obama said this way back in 2011 .