Why Obama’s Gun Control Proposal is a Step in the Right Direction

President Obama stood in front of masses of media and announced his proposals for gun control in the wake of a number of school shootings in the past month, including a horrible tragedy here in my home state of Connecticut just two towns up the road at Sandy Hook Elementary.

President Obama has proposed several changes, but most notable at this moment seem to be the background checks for all citizens purchasing any kind of a gun. Period, end of story. And a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Now as a level minded citizen who doesn’t buy into these nasty conspiracy theories that have been hurting the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting and their families this past week, I think these two actions seem pretty simple. No one is trying to take away the right to bear arms, we are just taking steps that should have been taken a long time ago to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Because if we are being serious and rational, these steps should have been put in place long ago, and these types of weapons should have never been available for purchase by private citizens.

The National Rifle Association has already chimed in insisting the President is violating the Second Amendment, which for me I think is a silly accusation. The President is being responsible, something our lawmakers in the past clearly became far to lax on.

If we want to have a serious discussion on the Second Amendment and use it as a crutch, why don’t we gather up all the guns and start hanging out muskets and bayonets? I mean, its not like someone could go out and purchase a glock back in 1776. Once again, I ask the American people to simply be rational.

I am not a gun fanatic, and I am not an anti-gun fanatic. I am middle of the road when it comes to guns and the laws surrounding them. Once again, I am just a rational parent who has been touched by these losses.

But before everyone starts raving about how unfair it is, complaining like a toddler who had their lollipop snatched, read these few comments from an interview I came across. The mother of Sandy Hook Elementary victim Noah Pozner spoke out in an interview that literally made me sick to my stomach as a parent, especially in the wake of a conspiracy theory video floating around various social media sites. His mother said:

“There was just no way I could describe what was in that box … No way. And I just wanted the world to see.”

She went on to talk more about viewing his precious body before he was buried.

“We all saw how beautiful he was. He had thick, shiny hair, beautiful long eyelashes that rested on his cheeks. He looked like he was sleeping. But the reality of it was under the cloth he had covering his mouth there was no mouth left. His jaw was blown away. I just want people to know the ugliness of it so we don’t talk about it abstractly, like these little angels just went to heaven. No. They were butchered. They were brutalized. And that is what haunts me at night.”

Accurate as it can be. These children were brutalized by a high power firearm that no private citizen should have ever had access to. Any way you try and slice it, these guns are not something our founding fathers included when they authored the Second Amendment. If they knew fanatics all over this country were throwing a toddler-style meltdown over rights to these high powered deadly weapons, they would be rolling over in their graves.
I do not know how any rational citizen can read the words of this mother, and how she had to bury her child and still support a cause focused around guns that shouldn’t be available.
  • John

    The tragic murders as Sandy Hook are not new. Innocent and defenseless people have been targets of the insane and mentally disturbed for thousands of years. Cain killed Abel without a Gun. Guns are not the problem. Gun Control will never prevent a determined person from committing such crimes in the past and won’t in the future. Defenseless people are an easy target. The ability to defend oneself is the only real deterrent. The most effective deterrent requires having equal or superior capabilities than your attacker.Be wary of anyone who wants to diminish your ability to defend yourself by limiting your access to weapons. The world has plenty of examples of civilizations destroyed because the general population was unable to put up a defense. If that occurs, imagine how you children will be treated. They will be enslaved….

    • http://www.danielleelwood.com/ Danielle Elwood

      @John – I can’t say that I agree with your opinion, but with that said it is also your personal opinion. I do not think stricter gun laws will enslave my children. I simply think it will help push in the direction of limiting the access of guns to the wrong people. I stand behind my original statement, and will not change my mind on the gun laws. They are FAR too loose in America and that needs to be changed.

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