One of the most controversial issues in the media today is the issue of gun control. There are many gun control advocates calling for a new legislation that creates more restrictions on buying and licensing guns. However, changing the legislation has proved to be tough for President Obama after failing to have universal background checks approved by Congress in 2013. In a Feb. 7 article from the New York Times, Eric Lichtblau and Michael D. Shear say that while President Obama announced executive action to strengthen gun control laws in January, but specific action has yet to be taken despite significant pressure from gun control advocates. This stems from the fact that Obama is working with a majority republican Congress who inhibits any type of gun control legislation. In opposition, there are many people who are claiming their rights in reference to the Second Amendment.
Obviously gun violence is a problem that we as a country have suffered from — we have had more mass shooting in the past year than most countries have had in the past few years, according to CNN. This is an important reason why I believe action needs to be taken in way of gun legislation. Last month, Obama stated his plan to limit gun violence, but there have been complaints that there have been no visible steps taken to implement this plan. So far, there has been an initiative to create a better understanding of what qualifies a licensed gun dealer. Also, Obama is advocating to improve the FBI’s ability to identify prohibited gun buyers through more thorough background checks. These have been the main steps toward regulating gun legislation. I, for one, stand behind Obama in his decision to implement more laws on gun restrictions because I believe that we as a country need to take action to become safer. I think that the president is doing the best he can by taking small steps to avoid creating a problem when all he is looking to do is create a solution.
Although it could be seen as a shortcoming in Obama’s ability to effectively carry out his plans and legislations, I think it is more than that. A part of the problem is the Congressional imbalance. I believe if there were more Democrats in Congress it would aid the president in his attempts to change gun legislation. I think Obama is working to do as much as he can to move the gun control movement along. This is a very controversial and sensitive subject and it is something that needs to be approached tenderly because of many reasons. If there are major aggressive actions taken against the people who feel like their freedom comes in the form of an assault rifle, there could be major backlash. And if there is major backlash from people who believe that it is their right to bear arms that could create a bigger problem than the regulations would be trying to solve. I am glad that Obama understands what a sensitive issue the right to bear arms is, and appreciate how he is being cautious.
Creating better and more careful background checks for buyers and sellers of guns could be considered a big step in the process of changing an amendment that has been in place since the beginning of our nation. Even though White House officials claim that it is too early to tell if these small steps will have an effect, it seems to me that Obama is doing what he can to keep the peace and also make some sort of political move toward gun control. It is a good balance between moving this legislation forward and creating radical change that could upset a lot of people. Although we may not see these actions as substantial or aggressive, it is a step in the right direction and it sets up his predecessor to continue the work that he started and hopefully establish some handle over this major issue.