More than likely, the weapons issue will not come up in Congress this year. Pres. Obama and Mitt Romney won’t have the courage to touch it. Romney’s recent comment: “And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people.”
We think the laws need to be changed anyway. See our reply to Romney and others with the same view in our July 23rd post, “Respect for Aurora victims …”
The media probably will lose interest soon, until the next bloodbath. Not to mention the everyday crimes that kill and wound.
What will it take for our leaders to be responsible? A miracle maybe? Previous posts have offered a few suggestions:
More focus on recognizing the symptoms of mental and emotional problems. Better information gathering so all agencies have access to information about potential offenders. These will take longer than massaging the law to protect innocent victims while retaining gun rights.
Our take is that we all have to lead the charge. A group of folks wanting reasonable gun laws has to speak out and become a spur to getting a new arms policy on the legislative agenda.
Calling our Congresspeople– I mean masses of us getting in touch through old and new technology.
Progress might come quickly if Washington wasn’t inhabited by too many people concerned about themselves and not those affected by crime. We can only hope that a member of their families does not become a victim.
Executive Director, Respect in Politics.