In December President Obama was re-elected President of the USA, Americans, in some parts of the States began clearing up from super-storm Sandy. Days later a massacre in Sandy Hook elementary school, Newtown Connecticut, left Obama more challenges to face.
20 children and six adults were shot dead by Adam Lanza in Newtown. He then killed himself. America mourned and the world looked on . Many asked, will this dreadful crime finally lead to a change in US gun laws? Today President Obama has unveiled proposals for tackling the escalating incidence of multiple gun murders in the USA. For all the tears and deaths it would seem that many in the USA still 'love' their weapons.
Americans who want to keep their, right to bear arms, appear many things to outsider. Words like nuts, paranoid, unrealistic, insular, scared and more spring to mind. The truth is twisted, turned and manipulated to suit the person's desires.
So how did Obama fare in trying to address this problem?
The President tried to appeal to Americans. He spoke sincerly but did the people listen? The NRA, national rifle association, have recently issued repugnant ads. Ads that claim, as those in government have protection, why shouldn't we? Arguments such as, the politicians are being elitist by having weapon protection and wanting to limit our option to do so. If you need an explanation as to why that is nuts then there is no hope for you.
The President has called for criminal checks on those wanting to buy guns and restrictions on some weapons. All relatively minor changes which will seem sensible, assuming that you are not a US citizen. If you are you may see such measures as excessive. The BBC has reported that today Obama signed 23 executive actions, which do not need congressional approval. These includ an end to a ban on gun-violence research by a prominent federal agency, and a measure promoting responsible gun ownership.
And there in lies the rub. Obama may be the President of the USA, but approval for major changes on gun control do not ultimately rest with him. Congress could yet scpper any plans. Already, today, the NRA commented on the proposals, issuing a statement stating, "Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy,"
Updates will follow in due course..............