Recent US Mass Shootings: 2012 Aurora shooting, Columbine High School massacre, Fort Hood shooting, Oikos University shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 2011 Seal Beach shooting, 2011 Tucson shooting, Virginia Tech massacre, Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting
List of US School Shootings
Our nation has suffered too much at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit horrific acts of violence. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.”
Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their guns safely. The President strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Tucson, there are common-sense steps we can take right now.
While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.
To learn more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence
“Why wouldn’t we want to make it more difficult for a dangerous person to get his or her hand on a gun? Why wouldn’t we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases to take place without a background check? Why wouldn’t we do that?
And if you ask most Americans outside of Washington — including many gun owners — some of these ideas, they don’t consider them controversial. Right now, 90 percent of Americans — 90 percent — support background checks that will keep criminals and people who have been found to be a danger to themselves or others from buying a gun. More than 80 percent of Republicans agree. More than 80 percent of gun owners agree.
Many other reforms are supported by clear majorities of Americans. And I ask every American to find out where your member of Congress stands on these ideas. If they’re not part of that 90 percent who agree that we should make it harder for a criminal or somebody with a severe mental illness to buy a gun, then you should ask them, why not? Why are you part of the 10 percent?
There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t get this done. But the reason we’re talking about here today is because it’s not done until it’s done. And there are some powerful voices on the other side that are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject or drowning out the majority of the American people to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all. They’re doing everything they can to make all our progress collapse under the weight of fear and frustration, or their assumption is that people will just forget about it.
“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.“
4/8 President Obama remarks on Reducing Gun Violence - University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
4/9 Vice President Biden holds an event on gun legislation at the White House
4/10 First lady Michelle Obama talks with 700 local business, civic and community leaders about youth violence – Chicago, IL
…First lady Michelle Obama attends the “Joint Luncheon Meeting: Working …Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago” hosted by Chicago Mayor …Rahm Emanuel – Chicago, IL
…Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses gun control
…- Loch Raven High School, Towson, MD
4/11 Vice President Biden appears on MSNBC “Morning Joe” to talk about gun legislation
Call your US Congressional Representative and tell them to vote YES on sensible gun reforms.