That’s how many times President Obama has addressed the country to offer sympathies to those who have lost loved ones in mass shootings. He cried when he stood before us after twenty kids and six teachers were murdered at Newtown. He had to take the podium again last week after another massacre.
This time he was angry. He is tired of getting up in front of the nation and expressing condolences while Congress closes its eyes and refuses to pass stricter gun laws. Now reports are surfacing that Obama isn’t waiting for Congress to act anymore and is contemplating using executive power to pass the laws that are long overdue to pacify the bloodshed as the NRA crazies and Republicans hustle to figure out a way to stop him.
According to the Washington Post, Obama may bypass Congress and use executive action to enforce a universal background check for high-volume gun dealers. If this works, it would require such dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.
After Newtown, Obama asked Congress to pass the same measure instead of taking executive action but Senate Republicans (of course) put a stop to any hope for new gun control legislation. Since the GOP values the NRA more than the lives of American citizens, it defeated the firearms bill. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said President Obama.
Democrats have continued to call on Congress to take action on gun control with no results. Republicans refuse to pass a universal background check.
As a result, we are forced to watch news coverage of shooting after shooting with more and more people dying senseless deaths while every attempt to pass gun legislation fails. The shootings happen so often they don’t even register much anymore. Just another day in America. I realize legislation won’t stop all gun violence. That would be an absurd position to take. But if it helped save one life or the life of someone you love, shouldn’t that be enough for Congress to take action?
After the last mass shooting, Obama said:
“Somehow this has become routine…And each time this happens I’m going to bring this up. Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself. I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this.”
What is Congress waiting for? Are we supposed to sit back and continue turning a blind eye to these mass shootings? We are the only advanced country in the world that has this problem to this scale. The NRA (with their obvious agenda) claims that such a rule would “ensnare” good, god-fearing, law-abiding citizen, but “ensnare” them into what? Do you have a clean record? Then you won’t be prevented from owning your precious gun. The background would theoretically weed out those who have no business owning a firearm. So what is the big deal in giving this a shot? (No pun intended).
The excuses are old and tired. Republicans are too busy sucking at the teets of the NRA and gun lobby to give the nation what it desperately needs. If Obama thinks it is necessary to step in and protect the country he leads by any means necessary, I say go right ahead.