WASHINGTON, D.C. – 26 people slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary. A dozen killed at a theater in Aurora. 32 lives taken at Virginia Tech. Today in California: A student brought a shotgun to Taft Union High School and shot another student.
The shooter was arrested.
With headlines like these, it’s no surprise to learn that the United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation.
That’s according to a new report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.
These horrible mass shootings have forced us to take a good look at gun laws in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden kicked off his gun violence task force Wednesday, by asking for recommendations from gun safety groups and survivors of gun violence.
“I am going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership and the type of weapons that can be owned,” Biden told the round table.
Next to take a seat at the round table, the NRA.
They’ve already made their position clear.
Back in December, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
The country’s most powerful gun lobby is working hard to prevent any new legislation limiting guns, saying we should enforce the gun laws already on the books.
“You can’t legislate morality. Legislation works on the sane. Legislation works on the law abiding,” said LaPierre.
Pardon the analogy here, but this sounds like more of a Mexican standoff than a meeting.
But Vice President Biden is hopeful they can find some common ground and come up with a solution to the gun violence epidemic.
Good luck finding it.
Biden says he’ll give recommendations to President Obama next week.