Good for Obama for new action on gun violence
The Kansas City Star
President Barack Obama announced today that his vice president, Joe Biden, cabinet members and groups outside government will be working on recommendations to curb gun violence. Obama said he expects a report “no later than January” and vowed to “push (the proposals) without delay.”
The president did not limit his call for action to the mass shootings that receive so much media and public attention. He broadened his message to include “the lesser known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day.”
Obama then cited a few examples, two of which have occurred within the past few days in the Kansas City region. He mentioned the two police officers fatally shot outside of a grocery store in Topeka. And he talked about Aydan Perea, the 4-year-old Kansas City boy who was taken off of life support Tuesday, dead after being shot while sitting in his car seat in the back of his father’s car.
I welcome this broader approach. The shootings in urban areas, and Kansas City in particular go on and on and sometimes we make the mistake of thinking nothing can be done. Now we have the president of the United States saying that there are things we can do, as communities and as a nation, and pledging to put the power and prestige of his office behind those ideas.
If he lives up to that pledge, he will do the nation, and its children, a great service.
Also from the president:
“I’m not going to be able to do it by myself. Ultimately, if this effort is to succeed, it’s going to require the help of the American people. It’s gonna require all of you. If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans — mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and, yes, gun owners — standing up and saying, enough on behalf of our kids.”