Due to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn, President Obama announced the formation of a task force headed by Vice President Biden to develop a plan to curtail violence. Everyone in the country is aware that there is an alarming trend of mass murders in America. Many believe that the tragedy in Newtown is the most gruesome and horrific, because 20 young children were killed.
The country is in mourning and everyone is asking the question, “Is America mentally sick and has assault weapons and guns inundated and controlling our decisions.” Everywhere you turn in our society there is a glorification of violence and guns, and the first story on the news is violence and more violence. Our children spend hours with violent games on their videos, and movies and police shows on television glorify violent acts.
Since the massacre in Columbine, the slaughter of 32 at Virginia Tech, the recent mass murders in a movie theater, little has been done to curtail violence in the country. There has not been a national discourse and plan to limit the sale of guns, and how Americans can change the direction of the country.
The Vice President Wayne LaPierre of the NRA said, “Only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Essentially, his solution to violence is to get more people in the country to buy more guns so everyone has a gun. It is obvious that Americans have forgotten that our goal in the country should be toward living in a society where there is peace.
“The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. We can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean that we can’t steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence,” said President Obama. He wants his committee led by Vice President Biden to establish a plan to curb an epidemic of gun violence.
This is a tall order for the vice president, but in 1994 he was instrumental in writing and getting the 1994 Crime Bill passed in the Senate and the House. The 1994 Crime Bill included the ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles, better known as assault weapons ban, and banning certain classes of people from owning or possessing the firearms. It is extremely ironic that the vice president will be spearheading a movement to curtail the sell and owning of assault weapons in 2012.
It will be very interesting to see if this is just another government committee that meets, and gets very little actual work done. The president says he intends to push for the proposals without delay, but the NRA is a lobby group that does not support controlling and limiting the sale of guns to Americans. Mr. LaPierre said that every school in the country needs an armed guard in the school to control violence in their school.
When he made this statement he was not very specific, because it could mean starting with child care schools up to university schools and every school in the middle, we would need armed guards. This would be very expensive and I wonder if teachers would be allowed to carry their weapons in school.
As Americans mourn the killing and deaths in Newtown everyone is asking, “Who and where will be next?” Instead of looking and working for more love and peace, Americans are buying more guns and ammunition.
Hopefully the vice president can implement laws to get assault weapons off the street. But the bigger issue is does every Americans need a gun to protect them from their neighbor and criminals or is it possible to live in peace?