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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EXPECTED TO PROPOSE NEW GUN LAWS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EXPECTED TO PROPOSE NEW GUN LAWS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

A bumper stickerthat is in the market today with a photo of a rifle sends a message. ”You cannottake my gun away.” An epidemic offear has spread since the shootings that took 20 students and six adult livesat Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. Having agun for protection has become important as gun sales have increased. Many gunowners have been tuning into gun debates and the latest news as PresidentBarack Obama’s administration expects Congress to pass new legislation inreference to gun control. Current headlines have reported that in less than aweek the Obama administration will be making changes during his second-term.Those changes will include proposals for stricter gun laws that have alreadybeen announced. {{more}} Two articles that were published in the front page ofthe Dallas Morning-News on January 16, 2013 were in reference to the Newtown,Connecticut shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school that occurred on December14, 2012. One of the articles, “Obama to fight for arms limits. As heworks on plan, victims’ parents call for change,” includes a photo of acouple with a poster size picture of their daughter. The father is holding backhis tears. The other two are women that also lost children, showing theiremotional distress. The article statedthat some of the actions the president will take include imposing new limits onguns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing ofmental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionto conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.Putting more restricted background checks on the kinds of guns that were usedin Newtown is on the list if a law is already has not been passed. The other articlepublished on the same Dallas Morning-News issue in the front page was, “Sandy Hook kids’ parents speak out” byRay Rivera of the New York Times. It reported that the grieving parents of thechildren and the families of those killed in the massacre gathered at a newsconference days after the shootings to begin a campaign to prevent the kind ofbloodshed that has turned their town into a national symbol of grief. According to thearticle, some of the parent’s first statements since the shooting called for adialogue on issues of mental health, school safety and what their nonprofitorganization, called Sandy Hook Promise, described as “gun responsibility.” Thegathering came as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden werepreparing to unveil gun-control proposals soon and were expected to call for aban on the kind of assault weapon and high-capacity ammunition magazines usedby Adam Lanza in the Newtown shooting. Will guns be takenaway from those without a license or a past police record, and when do peoplewith a license have a right to kill people?Do off duty police and peace officers have the right to carry a gun. A good example of a citizen that should beallowed to own a gun is a single woman who lives by herself, and needsprotection in case someone broke into her home.The sport of hunting has existed for a long time and hunters could notdo it without their guns. It is important when answering these questions to beinformed thoroughly of the Second Amendment that explains who has the right tobear arms. The SecondAmendment states , “A well regulated Militia beingnecessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep andbear Arms shall not be infringed.” The Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law90-618 is an Act to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide forbetter control of the interstate traffic in firearms. Title I; Sec. 101. Statesthat Congress declares that the purpose of this title is to provide support toFederal, State, and local law enforcement officials in their fight againstcrime and violence, and it is not the purpose of this title burdens onlaw-abiding citizens with respect to the acquisition, possession, or use offirearms appropriate to the purpose of hunting, trapshooting, target shooting,personal protection, or any other lawful activities, and that private ownershipor sell of firearms by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, or provide forthe position by Federal regulations of an procedures or requirements other thanthose reasonable necessary to implement and effectuate the provisions of thistitle. Some of the current statistics given by the media ongun control issues include the following; NBC News said on Jan. 16, 2013 thatmore than 100,000 people are shot in the U.S. on average each year, according tothe Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; every day in the U.S., an averageof 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die, 30 are murdered, 53 killthemselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot. The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention noted that firearms kill 609 people in one week, 87people each day and one person every 17 minutes. Additionally, the CDC, alongwith U.S. Census Bureau reports that 335,609 deaths have resulted from gunsbetween 2000 and 2010. Gun violence,particularly involving children has also become a disconcerting issue in thewake of preceding tragedies. The CDC has reported that kids ages 0-19 died fromfirearms every three days in 2010 than in the year 2012.