A gun control petition bearing the signatures of over 79,000 people requires Obama and the White House to respond. In the wake of the Newtown mass shootings in Connecticut Friday, Americans believe now is the time to enact stricter gun legislation. Many say it supports what they believe is the original ideas set forth in the Bill of Rights’ Second Amendment or the right to bear arms.
According to a Dec. 15 report from NBC Connecticut, more information continues to pour in on the shocking massacre Friday in Newtown. Based on the latest reports, the alleged shooter’s mom was not a faculty member at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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And while this clears up another blank about the investigation and the town has calmed down from the initial impact of the school shooting, another fire is burning, this time in Washington.
Huffington Post noted on Friday that petitions are flooding the White House website in an effort to stop the mass bloodshed as of late. While Obama’s press secretary said now is not the time for such a debate, scores of people beg to differ.
The Gun control petition titled, “Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress,” reads in part:
“The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun related deaths.
“Powerful lobbying groups allow the ownership of guns to reach beyond the Constitution’s intended purpose of the right to bear arms. Therefore, Congress must act on what is stated law, and face the reality that access to firearms reaches beyond what the Second Amendment intends to achieve.”
Just yesterday, Mike Huckabee placed the Newtown blame squarely on insufficient gun control laws and the absence of God and religion in schools.
Although the conservative preacher is not suggesting God is to blame for the mass murders and suicide of Adama Lanza. Instead, he believes stricter laws on the right to bear arms could save lives. Therefore, he likely is siding with the rash of “We the People” petitions to Obama to get tougher on access to firearms in America.
There are obviously opposing sides to this argument that, much like abortion, have seen very little consensus over the years.
On the one hand, there is the emotional element. Typically, when a heinous event such as this takes place, Americans rally together for a call to action. In this case, many want guns off the streets by all means necessary. Others think only law-abiding citizens should have the right to own guns. Still, others think guns should be limited by some bipartisan agreement.
On the other hand, others swear by the second amendment that supports citizens’ rights to bear arms, based on the U.S. Constitution. In fact, some groups spoke out in the wake of the Connecticut shooting that more guns could have prevented the large number of deaths.
Will the gun control petition to Obama open up serious discussions about the controversial matter? Will it make a difference in stopping a person with no criminal record from “snapping” and deciding to harm innocent human beings? Where is the line drawn in the sand?
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