Will new gun control commission work? - Tucson News Now

Will new gun control commission work?

The killing of 20 school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut has emboldened gun control advocates.

According to the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, there have been 70 mass shootings in the US since the one here in Tucson on January 8, 2011. A mass shooting involves three or more victims.

Now, President Obama, has announced the appointment of a new commission headed by Veep Joe Biden, who had a hand in gun control legislation in 1994.

The new commission is charged with coming up with a list of "concrete solutions" to gun violence within the next month, presumably before the State of the Union address.

In his press conference making the announcement, the President acknowledged this has been tried before with mixed success.

This one could be different, if for no other reason, than the outrage at the slaughter of innocent school children.

"Hunters have a place. Having weapons for protection definitely has a place," Glenn Weynet told us in front of a mid town post office. "But when kids are getting shot up, there's no place for that."

The sentiment among people we talked with in front of a mid town post office seemed to run the spectrum when we asked "what you would tell the President if you were on the commission."

"I'd tell him that we still have the right as Americans to bear arms, it's in our constitution," says John Rosa. "But I agree something needs to be done about all this madness."

"Assault weapons are weapons used in war," says Jacqueline Kern, a PhD in the Pima Community College District. "Assault weapons do not belong in our community."

She urges the president to move forward on a ban on assault weapons.

But Stage Berg, who says he is a member of the NRA says that's a bad idea.

"I'd tell him not to ban weapons," Berg says. "If you start banning weapons the only people to have weapons would be illegals."

The President said he would respect all sides of the debate.

"What we're looking for here is a thoughtful approach that says we can preserve the Second Amendment," he told reporters. "But we're going to be serious about the safety side of this."

But there will be a great deal of opposition, it appears, because it's Washington moving on the issue.

"People do not trust the government to defend them and protect them," says Todd Rathner, a former NRA lobbyist and board member. "They don't trust the government to be there when they need them."

 

 


 

 

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