Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been more than forty School shootings in the United States, including Virginia Tech where 33 were killed. In his remarks at the Newtown memorial service the President referred to four mass shootings that have occurred on his watch: “Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the … Continue reading

Obama Launches Gun-Violence Task Force

At a press conference this morning President Obama said “he would make gun control a “central issue” as he opens a second term” and he announced the formation of a special task force on gun violence, to be headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Obama’s announcement came as  “House Republicans restated their firm opposition to enacting any new limits on firearms or ammunition, setting up the possibility of a philosophical clash over the Second Amendment early in Mr. Obama’s second term.” President Obama noted that the task force “will formulate a package of policy recommendations by January.” The announcement came five days after the deadliest elementary school shooting in American history. “The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse … Continue reading

‘We’ve Endured Too Many of These Tragedies’

An obviously emotional President Obama addressed the nation Friday afternoon, just hours after a shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school left at least 27 people–including 18 children–dead. The president promised as-yet-unspecified action to prevent further such tragedies in the future. Obama says he called Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy to offer condolences on behalf of the nation, and to promise to provide “every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, [and] counsel their families.” “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anyone else would: as a parent. And that was especially true today,” Obama says. … Continue reading