Stop the Violence Measures by Obama Adminstration
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President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing the nation’s gun violence.
Obama signed executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people as well as to improve mental health and school safety programs.
No one has to pry your gun out of your “cold dead hands.” This was a long time coming and I believe it is the beginning of a comprehensive approach to a societal crisis.
The president also called on Congress to swiftly pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use and to require universal background checks for all gun buyers. Obama’s proposals include mental health and school safety measures, as well as a tough new crackdown on gun trafficking.
As a middle school counselor in the most diverse school in Fairfax County, and maybe the state, I was often the only access to a mental health professional that children and their parents could utilize. Let me say, it wasn’t enough, not even close. I would actually like to see a school psychologist included in schools, not for testing purposes, but for the health and well being of kids.
Obama’s plan also includes reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban, restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, getting rid of armor-piercing bullets, ending a freeze on research into gun violence and providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime. It calls on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals,” according to the White House fact sheet.
I don’t see these measures as being overly intrusive by President Obama. The second amendment still holds strong. Let us remember, there is no unfettered right when public safety is impacted. We will never know what could have altered the events at Sandy Hook, if anything, but enough is enough. To honor the memory of these massacred children, we must at least make a good faith effort.