Months after the tragedies in Oregon, Wisconsin and Colorado, the United States once again saw a mass shooting take place on Friday December 14, 2012. Adam Lanza, the identified gunman, murdered 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As devastation struck, President Obama made a sympathetic statement that reflected the feelings of the nation.
Our country has seen repeated mass shootings in 2012, which have brought up the controversial idea of enforcing stricter gun laws. We can note that the past tragedies have not brought into effect stricter gun laws because immediately after the shootings, we found it too early to focus on reformation and instead diverted our attention to sympathizing with the families of the victims. The problem in doing so has resulted in politicians failing to step up to continue conversations about prevention after mourning.
However, this time could prove to be different. President Obama’s administration hopes that by January they will be able to introduce new laws which will restrict the selling of guns to criminals as well as those with mental health problems. The agenda will also include easier access to mental health care. With the president introducing stricter gun laws, and supporting Senator Dianne Feinstein’s idea to reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the 52% of Americans who favor new restrictions may see the change occur under President Obama’s second term.
Despite the fact that many see these laws as a violation of rights, we must acknowledge these tragedies and take steps to prevent such occurrences from happening in the future. The time to confront the issue of gun laws is now, and the Obama administration is on the right path to secure a better future for the citizens of this country.
By Natasha Luther, Student Ambassador, Diablo Valley College
The Huffington Post has an interesting article and slide show about gun control laws around the world. Additionally, you may find the National Rifle Association’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting here.