President Obama announced his plan for reducing gun violence in America today. It’s a mix of 23 executive actions that he and the administration are taking immediately, and measures that Congress should pass as soon as possible.
While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.
The President’s plan includes:
Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and other common sense steps
Making schools safer
Increasing access to mental health services
Speaking at the White House, the President asked all Americans to get involved and put pressure on Congress to pass these common sense measures:
This will not happen unless the American people demand it. If parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, if hunters and sportsmen, if responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say, enough; we’ve suffered too much pain and care too much about our children to allow this to continue—then change will come. That’s what it’s going to take.
The most important changes we can make depend on congressional action. They need to bring these proposals up for a vote, and the American people need to make sure that they do.
Get them on record. Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if they say no, ask them why not. Ask them what’s more important—doing whatever it takes to get an A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade?
You can find out more about President Obama’s plan, and how you can get involved, at whitehouse.gov.