Frankly, Obama had no choice because the entire gun control issue has been completely hijacked by the gun rights lobby which has been able to prevent even minor legislation at the federal level.
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The life and rights of a human child should always be valued above the existence or ownership of an inanimate object. Now, you'd assume that the above statement isn't controversial, right? To suggest otherwise is monstrous.
As a proud, responsible gun owner, I paid close attention to the president's speech outlining his executive actions on guns and studied the written proposal put forth by the White House carefully. I can't not support them. Universal background checks should be a no-brainer. Ronald Reagan, a conservative hero, wrote poignantly in 1991 that if background checks and waiting periods impacted gun deaths by as little as 10 to 15 percent, it should be the law of the land. But if you look at all the ads and the rhetoric today, it's all about how divisive we can be, how strong a line in the sand we can draw to have our way. We cannot be this divisive when the safety of our greatest treasures are at stake -- our children.
Dear Donald, Ted, Marco, Jeb, and the whole GOP field, Are you serious? Are you seriously contending that background checks for everyone who buys a gun are bad policy and a threat to the Constitution?
It appears we stopped being sensible some time ago, and 2016 doesn't appear to be the year we regain our senses. At least not if the news now is an indicator.
The vast majority of gun shootings are done with a handgun, not at a school and not by people with a mental illness. Yet, we try to reduce access to assault rifles, spend a disproportionate about of time on school safety (disproportionate, not ill spent) and focus on mental illness as a reason for a shooting. Each of these are important and should be addressed, but we are missing the point and not going to reduce most of the gun violence in America by focusing on these three things.
President Obama has taken the moral high ground when others would not. He has listened to the American people who are crying out for the carnage to stop when Congress would not. He has decided to be on the right side of history when others would not. He has decided to save lives when other leaders would not.
This week we said goodbye to 2015, a year that definitely could have been improved upon. And since resolutions are easier to make for others than for ourselves, here are a few we'd like to see for 2016: President Obama: To borrow from another political leader (the Emperor Palpatine) to give into your anger and use it to do something about gun control. Ben Carson: To go back to brain surgery. Jeb Bush: To stop trying to kick the football every time Donald Trump holds it out for you. And, after finally dropping out of the race, to devote yourself to remaking the Republican Party. Americans: To not give into fear by giving up your core values and principles. For all of us: To get more sleep, so we can be healthier, more creative, more productive and make better decisions in 2016 than we did in 2015.
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Though no weapon was found at the scene, tossed near the bullet-riddled body was a large canvas bag filled with brightly colored wrapped packages. Police department evidence officials later discovered that the boxes were filled with children's toys.