For once I can say that I agree with President Obama, gun control in the USA is essential. The toll of deaths of children, students, policemen and ordinary citizens is obscene. I come from a country, the UK, where the people and the police are not armed. But, if they were the toll of deaths from shootings would be in the hundreds if not thousands from the many demonstrations and civil conflicts. On the other hand, I live in a country, Israel, where people are under constant threat of random and brutal terrorism. So I understand the need for people to be able to defend themselves with privately owned guns. But, after so many massacres something has to be done in the USA, and some form of gun control is needed. The vast majority of Americans agree with this.
The argument that I hear from Republican candidates, totally supporting the amendment to allow citizens to “bear arms,” are fallacious. One popular slogan is “guns don’t kill people, people do,” but, a person without a gun cannot shoot someone. Or, “it’s people who pull triggers,” but they couldn’t pull a trigger if they didn’t have a gun. The fact is that there are millions of guns owned around the US, but something has to be done to prevent more guns getting into the hands of the insane and criminal without preventing lawful citizens from exercising their rights. After all the US is not the UK.
What Obama is proposing, since he cannot get any anti-gun law through Congress, is to use his executive power to increase the checks on gun purchasers. As it is the checks are not done seriously and they are easy to get around. Furthermore, why do people need assault rifles or machine guns that can only be used to kill people. It is necessary now to face the facts, the US is no longer a “frontier country,” where there is no law enforcement. It needs to change with the times. Also, there are simple rules that could be enforced, for example every registered gun owner that has children should be required to obey strict rules about how the guns must be stored. Random visits should be made, so that the guns cannot fall into the hands of disaffected teens, who decide to go out and shoot their schoolmates and teachers because they were rude to them. Or teens who think it would be fun to shoot up people in a movie theater. These attacks must be stopped.
I actually like Pres. Obama, he is a decent, articulate man. However, he was and is unqualified for the job of President and his foreign policy is a disaster. The US has failed to fulfill its obligations in the world and has left a power vacuum that is now responsible for the deaths of millions of people. His failure to be effective in domestic policy has also resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Americans by idiots with guns.