After the tragic shooting on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Barack Obama is calling for immediate reform on America’s lenient gun control laws. Obama boldly stated that it’s time to put in place some “long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change”. Obama also claimed that America is currently powerless against attacks like the one in Florida.
This isn’t the first time Obama has commented on gun control after his presidential term ended. In fact, he’s stated int he past that he regrets not being able to put forth stricter gun laws during his 8 years in office as president. Some major shootings occurred during his presidency. Perhaps most notable was the shooting that occurred in Sandy Hook Elementary School which resulted in the fatal shooting of 28 people, including 20 children.
Obama stated in his own words: “If you ask me where is the one area where I feel that I have been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common sense, gun safety laws,” Obama told the BBC in 2015. “Even in the face of repeated mass killings. For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something I intend to stop working on in the last 18 months”.
In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting, millions of Americans are now demanding firmer gun control, while some are still insisting that mass shooting are mostly a mental health issue and stricter gun policies will not solve the problem. Among those who feel this way is Donald Trump himself who actually addressed the issue of Mental Health hours after the shooting took place. Trump’s budget for 2019 makes multiple changes to how we will approach mental health, cutting funding in some areas, while increasing funding for others.