By Joseph Recinos
No matter how much we protect our children, there is always a chance that some lunatic will come into their school with a barrage of assault weapons and excessive amounts of ammunition looking to end someone’s life.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, a lot of controversy surrounds the issue of gun control.
Should assault rifles be banned? Should hand guns and ammo magazines be regulated? Will President Barack Obama succeed, or will the plan simply falter? Is it constitutional? Or is Obama being a tyrant?
These are some of the questions that Americans are asking themselves. While some questions are valid, some are just flat out absurd. The question should be: How do we keep our children safe?
In a world where people are being exposed to more violent content, like video games and movies, it is almost safe to say that we are becoming a society that is slowly becoming less sensitive to blood, guts and gore.
The era of toy cars and dolls is slowly being drowned out by “Call of Duty” and drama-filled TV shows like “The Walking Dead.”
So, how can we keep our children safe?
Obama’s gun control policies make perfect sense.
Something should be done to protect not only the children, but the country in general. “While we may not be able to stop every senseless act of violence in this country, if there is even one thing we can do, if we can save even one life, we have the obligation to try,” Obama said in “Your Weekly Address”, a White House video blog.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, how can anyone oppose a regulation on assault rifles? Anyone who opposes gun control is only thinking about themselves. Many who oppose tend to say that they need guns for their protection.
Why not leave the protecting to the professionals, the men and women who lay their lives on the line for the safety of the community?
The National Rifle Association (NRA) thinks that gun control will only attract would-be terrorists and murderers to commit more violent acts.
Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne Lapierre, had this to say after the Sandy Hook incident, “Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them and, in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
Not only is this remark offensive to the politicians who strive to keep our children safe, but it is also offensive to the people who have lost loved ones at the end of a gun barrel.
Gun control will not stop the killings and it may not be popular by any means, but it is a step forward in our advancement as a civilized nation.