The tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut shook America to its core. When 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School claiming 27 lives, for once, the nation had the same one thing in mind: gun law reform.
Lanza brought three firearms into the school—two handguns (a Sig Sauer and a Glock) and a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle—and shot his victims with the latter. All three weapons were registered in his mother’s name.
This massacre, the second deadliest shooting in America’s history, has fired up a new concern for the state of gun reform.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein made a pledge that she would introduce new gun-control bill at the beginning of next year’s congressional session. It is aimed at taking war-like weapons off city streets. “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the transportation and the possession,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets.”
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a new campaign called Demand a Plan, which asks political leaders to tighten up gun regulation. He urged President Obama to take immediate action in tightening up gun regulation, not just promising to look into it.
“It’s time for the President, I think, to stand up and lead. And tell this country what we should do,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “Not go to Congress and say what you guys want to do. This should be his number-one agenda.”
Here are a few reasons why President Obama should look into establishing stricter gun laws sooner rather than later.