President Obama should be applauded for taking quick action to reduce the plague of gun violence in America in the wake of Sandy Hook. It will take strong and persistent leadership from the White House to get Congress to act on any of his proposals.
Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.
The path forward to reduce the bloodshed is clear. To end gun violence in New York City, the State Legislature must next take up microstamping and background checks on gun dealers, measures that would truly impact the supply side of this crisis.
This state will do nothing, except cross our fingers and hope that it is not one of our elementary schools that is the next target of a crazed gunman. That brings all all-new meaning, and a horrifying one, to the term "Show-Me State."
Assault rifles are designed to kill -- not mice in your attic, not deer in the field, not even a damned buffalo that wanders in from the plains. They're designed to kill people. And with a growing crowd of extremists in this country, they're likely to be used more frequently, too.
While America continues to grieve over the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and begins looking for answers, for Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry's multi-million dollar trade association, it's back to business as usual.
In the current, intensifying debate about gun control, all valid arguments should be heard. A numbers-based argument is not among them. What matters here is what is being assaulted -- and that was never just a number.
Vice President Biden is on the right track in finally proposing an executive order banning these weapons and high-capacity magazines. I commend him and President Obama for this. I only wish that they had implemented such an order last term.