President Obama said in a speech on 1/16/2013 said; “This is the land of the free, and it always will be. As Americans, we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights that no man or government can take away from us.
But we’ve also long recognized, as our Founders recognized, that with rights come responsibilities. Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don’t live in isolation. We live in a society, a government of, and by, and for the people. We are responsible for each other. The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peaceably, that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.
That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness—fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, and high school students at Columbine, and elementary school students in Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent a basis to tolerate, and all the families who’ve never imagined that they’d lose a loved one to a bullet—those rights are at stake. We’re responsible.
When I visited Newtown last month, I spent some private time with many of the families who lost their children that day. And one was the family of Grace McDonald. Grace’s parents are here. Grace was 7 years old when she was struck down—just a gorgeous, caring, joyful little girl. I’m told she loved pink. She loved the beach. She dreamed of becoming a painter.
And so just before I left, Chris, her father, gave me one of her paintings, and I hung it in my private study just off the Oval Office. And every time I look at that painting, I think about Grace. And I think about the life that she lived and the life that lay ahead of her, and most of all, I think about how, when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now—for Grace. For the twenty-five other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give. For the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victim to senseless violence each and every day. For all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm. Let’s do the right thing. Let’s do the right thing for them, and for this country that we love so much.” Source: video above…
“The Presidential Order directs the Centers for Disease Control to investigate “the relationship between video games
, media images and violence.” The president also asked Congress for the $10M needed to fund research into the impact of the graphic images “on young minds,” he said in an announcement this morning where he unveiled 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence. “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.” Other measures in his executive order will make it easier for government agencies to check the background of gun buyers, launch a campaign advocating “safe and responsible” gun ownership, and develop emergency responses for schools and houses of worship. “I will put everything I’ve got into this,” he said. He urged ordinary citizens to support these and other changes following the murder last month of 20 school children in Connecticut. “It can’t just be the usual suspects” who speak out, he said. “This will not happen unless the American people demand it.” He added that those advocating changes will face “pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that’s true but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.” Speaking specifically of the shooting that killed 12 people in an Aurora, CO movie theater last July he said that “weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a movie theater.”
President Obama featured some kids on stage. He did that to illustrate what the issue is about. After all, this whole issue came to a boil because some nut job went into a grade school and slaughtered 20 innocent kids without a care. Kids are paying attention.. and they have written to President Obama.
Kids’ Letters to Obama: Four kids horrified by Sandy Hook shooting make most compelling case yet for gun control http://gaw.kr/4LwqW7T
Not all Republicans are gun toting fanatics wanting to carry and use automatic weapons with high capacity military magazines, plus cop killer bullets. In 1991, Republican President Ronald Reagan wrote about gun control. He was an expert, and experienced gun violence directly, first hand. Read what he had to say about guns and gun fanatics… http://nyti.ms/VDZFio
Republican Party Role In Studying Of Violence Prevention
“In 1996, a Republican congressman from Arkansas named Jay Dickey pushed through an amendment stripping $2.6 million out of the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His measure was not about the budget deficit, though; Dickey’s aim was to force the CDC to stop researching the effects of gun violence. The centers’ annual appropriation still contains the language resulting from Dickey’s efforts 16 years ago: “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” That intimidation has been central to what Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald calls “The NRA’s war on gun science.”
Thankfully, the president’s proposed gun control package
includes a call to “end the freeze on gun violence research.” That’s a worthy push against the anti-science impulse that has perverted not just the gun control discussion but the broader political debate as well.”
Strangely enough, Jay Dickie is also the leading proponent of the theory that gun control should be left ONLY to the ATF, which he personally emasculated and made powerless to solve the problem or even have any effect on it. This is the strange world of double speak.. The only thing that makes sense is that politicians like Jay Dickie are acting on behalf of corporations and their short term profits, while communities suffer.
The worship of guns and putting the NRA and other gun lobbyists on a sacred cow alter, means that Billions are lost each year. Freedom is lost, peace is being lost, democracy is being lost, and basic human rights are being lost. Money is also being lost, because there is a cost to this huge loss of life and health, due to guns and bullets. To learn more click on the following link: Gun Deaths Cost U.S. Billions Each Year While Firearms Makers Thrive http://huff.to/W9OGNh