Obama plans to tighten gun control

Caroline Veraldo

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March 31, 2017

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President Barack Obama hugs Mark Barden, father of a Sandy Hook victim. This issue hits close to home for Obama because he has two daughters of his own that could be affected by this same type of violence. The United States will likely see revised gun laws in the future because of this.

On Tuesday, Jan. 5th, our President, Barack Obama took the rising issues of gun violence to the television, discussing the escalating issues of gun control. The recent tragic events in San Bernadino and Colorado Springs further emphasized the need to revise our nation’s firearm laws.

In his speech, Obama called for a ‘sense of urgency’ to fight gun violence.

He vowed that the United States would soon eliminate the “gun show loophole”, the idea that gun shows provide people with a chance to buy a firearm without having to register and without a gun license.

In addition, Obama pulled on our heartstrings when he started to tear up. He was introduced by Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting which took place in December of 2012.

Referring to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said, “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad, and by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day,” clarifying that mass shootings are not the only issues with guns.

Chicago is Obama’s hometown, so the issues of gun violence hit especially hard for him. In the future, the United States is likely to see more restrictive gun control laws as a result of these terrible tragedies.