Recently re-elected President of United States Obama said the world would judge the nation by the way it cared for its children, and that Dec 14’s slaughter in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown of United States ‘School Shooting’ executed by 18 year old Adam Lanza left that judgment wanting.
Gun battle debate
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by youth Adam Lanza in Newtown of United States by a gunman used a military-style assault rifle to kill six adults and 20 first-graders before committing suicide. Several Democratic lawmakers called for a new push for US gun restrictions on Dec 16, 2012, including a ban on military-style assault weapons.
School shootings whenever occurred have had a political impact, spurring some to press for more stringent gun control laws. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the author of an assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004, said she would introduce new legislation this week.
Gun rights advocates have countered that Connecticut already has among the strictest gun laws in the nation.
In the United States, the National Rifle Association is opposed to such laws, and some groups have called for fewer gun control laws. They cite cases of armed students ending shootings and halting further loss of life, and claiming that the prohibitions against carrying a gun in schools do not deter the gunmen. One such example is the Mercaz HaRav Massacre, where the attacker was not stopped by police but rather a student, Yitzhak Dadon, who stopped the attacker by shooting him with his personal firearm which he lawfully carried concealed. At a Virginia law school, there is a disputed claim that two students retrieved pistols from their cars and stopped the attacker without firing a shot. Also, at a Mississippi high school, the Vice Principal retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and then eventually stopped the attacker as he was driving away from the school. In other cases, such as shootings at Columbine and Red Lake High Schools, the presence of an armed police officer did nothing to prevent or shorten the shootings.
The problem lies with the second amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees an individual a right to keep and bear arms. It is for self defense but the presence of a weapon only increases the likelihood of a person using it, even for an argument. Weapons are easily available to anyone above age of 18 in the states.
US President Obama noted it was the fourth time in his presidency he had needed to console a community after such an attack, following the shootings in Tucson, Arizona in January, 2011; Aurora, Colorado in July; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin in August.
US president Obama attends prayer vigil in grief-stricken Newtown, says America not doing enough to protect children but does not address calls for stricter gun control. US President Connecticut town shattered by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by youh Adam Lanza in Newtown of United States by a gunman used a military-style assault rifle to kill six adults and 20 first-graders before committing suicide. It seems that US President Obama is an intelligent leader but he is in a bad situation where his hands tied. US President has a divided house.
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