Ban assault weapons, then keep going
The Kansas City Star
Americans who want sane gun control need to use the Newtown tragedy to make sure the sale of assault weapons is banned forever.
And then this nation needs to keep going, putting the screws to the gun lobby and making sure that it never controls Congress again when it comes to gun laws.
I am disappointed President Barack Obama didn’t clearly say that in his emotional speech Sunday in Newtown.
Mr. President, 20 children died Friday in a hail of bullets at Sandy Hook Elementary Schools. That should be enough to overcome the idiocy of the gun nuts and the pablum they spread about needing even more guns polluting this country.
The NRA can scream all it wants about the 2nd Amendment. Yet no one’s talking about ripping all guns out of the hands of Americans. People will still have enough guns to protect themselves - their absurdly stated reason for wanting guns.
But, yes, we do need to rip certain guns out of their hands, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.
Obama can lead on this issue - or he can speak brave words like he did Sunday and then step aside.
Mr. President, don’t step aside.