Victims of tragedy long have played major roles in the nation’s most dramatic public policy debates, and there are few more bitter, or expensive than this year’s legislative battle over gun control
“I will put everything I’ve got into this, and so will Joe,” the president said. “But I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
“Who’s to say who’s mentally ill? Hoarders are mentally ill. If I’m a hoarder, I can’t have a gun?” said Councilwoman Renie Peterson
“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act,” Obama said. “And Congress must act soon.”
The NRA, the nation’s largest gun-rights group, has blocked gun-control efforts in the past and is opposing any new ones.
Obama has vowed to move swiftly on the recommendations, a package expected to include both legislative proposals and executive action
“Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” they wrote in the column.
“They’re yellow flags. They only become red flags once the blood is spilled,” he said.
“It’s too easy for criminals to get access to dangerous weapons. We need to do something about that,” said Fields, whose son and his fiancee were gunned down in 2005.