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Ok, I have small children, and I am completely, 100%, behind making sure they are protected to the best of our ability when they go to school. That being said, I think we need to crack down on making sure the schools are more secure. If possible, having teachers and school workers badge in and out of the building. Having limited access to doors when it comes to ‘visitors’. Making sure visitors sign in and out each time they come. Making sure those visitor’s are supposed to be there, picking up those children – they must be on the ‘approved’ list at the front office before they are allowed back through the building, or are able to pick up a child.
I don’t see how limiting or taking away one’s right to own fire arms is in any way a good idea. Given: a person should go through a back ground check – make sure they have never be convicted of a crime, doesn’t have a history of mental illness, etc. But – If they check out, then they have that right to own that weapon. If we, as a people, vote to give up our weapons, the law-abiding citizens will loose the ability to protect their own. The law-breakers, if you will, will be the only ones that will have the weapons, because they will refuse to give them up and where will that leave us? What happens at these shootings in elementary schools and high schools and theaters and parking lots, etc – it is a tragic thing. I can only imagine what the loved ones who are left behind are going through – but making a law that outlaws weapons won’t change what has happened. In all honesty – it won’t change what also could happen again. It will just force the ‘bad guy’ to sell weapons on the black market and we’ll most likely see an increase of these types of shooting.
President Barack Obama during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” vowed to put his “full weight” behind legislation next year aimed at curbing gun violence.
The president also said he was “skeptical” about the National Rifle Association’s proposals to place armed guards in schools as a response to the the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
“In his boldest terms yet,” as the Associated Press puts it, “he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence.” The president noted that he “still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines.”
“It is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try,’” the president said. “So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody.
“I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids. And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”
The President’s remarks come as the horrific Newtown, Conn., shooting spree has pushed the topic of gun control to the forefront of national debate. The massacre has prompted intensified calls for increased gun control. However, the NRA has resisted these calls, arguing instead that schools should have armed guards.
“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” President Obama said. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”
The president pledged to “press the issue” with the public.
“Will there be resistance? Absolutely there will be resistance,” he said.
“The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away,” he said.
“It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that — you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated,” he added.