As writers and media sources compile and publish the traditional “best and worst” lists in honor of the passing year, it what is likely to be the most poignant and painful item to appear on the lists of many is also the number one “worst” for the President of the United States.
Appearing on “Meet the Press” with David Gregory, President Obama spoke to his support for better and more effective gun control, as well as his intention to do all he could to move general opinion toward the same. From the Huffington Post:
“I think anybody who was up in Newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families understands that something fundamental in America has to change… And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom.”
“[T]he question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away,” the president said of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that — ya know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.”
Like many, the President does not support the NRA proposal to federally fund armed guards in every school, but rather sees other significant provisions as first steps toward curbing the proliferation of high powered weaponry in the hands of the criminal or the disturbed: bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and legally required background checks at gun shows, something currently not regulated.
As the Congress stays focused in the remaining two days of 2012 on the economic matters well known and discussed (yes, that would be the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling), the country’s attention has remained on the issue of gun control; as reported by NPR, even since the Sandy Hook massacre of December 14th, there have been 242 gun deaths in the United States. That stunning reality makes the continued discussion of “what to do about guns?” necessary and urgent.
“My response is something has to work,” the president said. “And it is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard, so we’re not going to try.’ So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody.” [Source]
See video of 12.30.12 “Meet the Press” interview: