‘We hear you’: Obama cites outpouring of support for tougher gun laws
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, “We hear you.” “I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts, because if there’s even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try,” Obama said.
But Gun-control measures have faced strong opposition in Congress for the past decade, largely because of heavy lobbying by the NRA and support for the constitutional right to bear arms, but Obama has suggested he intends to make it a “central” part of his agenda next year. “If we’re going to succeed, it’s going to take a sustained effort of mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners, organizing, speaking up, calling their members of Congress as many times as it takes, standing up and saying ‘enough’ on behalf of all our kids,” Obama said.
Jihae ‘s opinion : Someone said owning a gun is a right to protect themselves from any hazard. I don’t think pulling the trigger to each other doesn’t work effectively to protect their own safety.And at least someone has a gun to do active action even in order to protecting themselves, it also means that he / she is killing others. I saw a news that one of parents gave their child a gun in order to protecting themselves just for in case after newtown massacre. It sounds like we are teaching to children how to damage others. As I’m saying, beyond the extenuating, killing others with gun has a serious ethical issue. It is hard to get rid of gun perfectly from the American society against the NRA which is lobbying many politicians to support for the constitutional right to bear arms. Despite of this, If Obama’s administration takes action for gun control, definitely it will make the society safer than now.