Former NRA President Marion Hammer, promising a fight from NRA on any attempt to regulate guns, January 2, 2012,
Since the Sandy Hook shooting rocked us to our core, there have been at least an addition 489 gun deaths (at the time of this writing). That's approximately 20 deaths a day. That's a horrifying statistic and one that the NRA feels completely comfortable in writing off as collateral damage. And for too long, those inside the Beltway felt compelled to allow.
But it looks like there may be a little daylight breaking through those clouds. The Obama administration is clearly floating a trial balloon about initiating some sensible gun safety regulations:
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.
A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
As should be readily apparent from the clip above, this is no easy fight, so kudos for even going there. Especially when you consider how much fearmongering over "Obama is gonna take yer guns!" there already has been with no evidence to support it.
But frankly, I had to jump through more hoops and prove myself more responsible to adopt a dog from a rescue organization than I would have to go through to buy a gun at Walmart. That's a ridiculous discrepancy. And anyone that wants to argue against that doesn't have a leg to stand on.
The White House needs our support right now to help them feel comfortable in pursuing this line. Please, please, please call the White House and encourage them and call your congresscritters to let them know you support this as well. No other parent should have to spend the holidays like the Sandy Hook parents did.