President Barack Obama has just revealed his plans for gun control, calling on Congress Wednesday to crack down and toughen America’s gun laws, confronting everyday gun violence and mass shootings that have been plaguing the nation for years.
At noon at the event in the White House, the president announced his plans to introduce a proposal that includes limits on high-capacity magazines, a ban on assault rifles, new gun trafficking laws to prevent the spread of weapons across the nation, and fuller background checks for those purchasing a gun.
The presidency is hoping to cash in on the public’s recent opinion shift in support to push gun control. Compelled by the recent tragedies, president Obama and the country’s leaders hope to minimize the amounts of lives lost due to gun violence.
“In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” said the president. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try… This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”
Administration officials have acknowledged that the president’s proposal will be tougher to pass than the assault-weapons ban on 1994. However, the White House sees a window of opportunity and plans on taking it, challenging the political power of the National Rifle Association.
The N.R.A is seems to be more than ready for a fight, posting a online video calling the president an “elitist hypocrite” for having the Secret Service protect his children while opposing armed guards at schools. The White House issued a fuming response:
“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”
Also, it seems that most people will agree that the president’s children are more likely to be the target of gun violence and/or assassination than the average child.
Paul Hudson | Elite.