Obama vows measures to tighten gun control
The U.S. President has placed Vice President Joseph Biden to spearhead action on the gun control initiative. In January, Biden will be expected to submit proposals on a reform in the sphere of sale and possession of firearms in the U.S.
"We have to stop the epidemic of violence with use of firearms," which annually claims a death toll of 10,000 American lives, said Obama.
The president also called on Congress to expeditiously approve a bill to ban assault weapons from civil circulation.
Last Friday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 26 people – 20 children and 6 adults - in an Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning the gun on himself.
US President Barack Obama has thrown his political weight behind the campaign to reinstate a ban on assault weapons but believes more has to be done to stem the tide of growing violence in the country.
The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said the president was "actively supportive" of the legislation being proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would ban weapons like the Bushmaster .223 that coroners said had claimed the majority of the young victims' lives during last Friday’s
Carney said the President was holding out for a nationwide dialogue against violence.
A record-high number of signatures, - over 160,000, have been gathered in three days on a petition to limit arms sales in the United States.
At least 25,000 registered voters are to sign the petition within one month for the document to be submitted to the US Government for consideration.
The petition saw light in the wake of a tragedy around an elementary school at Newtown, Connecticut, several days ago.
A 20-year old Adam Lanza, armed with two handguns and a rifle, gunned down 26 people, including 20 children.
Two pro-gun US senators have called for changes to firearm laws, as the first victims of the Newtown school shootings were buried in Connecticut.
Democrats Mark Warner and Joe Manchin, who have "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA), now say action is needed after the massacre.
Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both aged six, were buried on Monday after funeral services attended by hundreds. They were among 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook school.
Other victims' funerals will be held throughout the week, and the town has already begun removing Christmas decorations in mourning.
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US senator Dianne Feinstein intends to suggest a draft law of a ban against selling assault weapon in the US to the country’s lawmakers for viewing. This is already not the first promise of US politicians to ban selling weapons after the tragedy in a place called Sandy Hook in Connecticut. On December 17, a 20-year-old resident of Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza, killed 20 children, all of them aged 6 or 7, and 6 adults in a local school.
Before going to the school, Adam killed his mother just to get access to her rather vast collection of fire weapons. After killing all these people in the school, he killed himself.
The cruelty of Adam Lanza looked really shocking even to Americans who seem to be already used to similar crimes.
Unfortunately, there are grounds for very serious doubt that even after this terrible massacre, a ban on selling weapons will be introduced in the US. This is not the first case that an individual kills many people in the US, but the law that allows practically anyone, be it a maniac or a hard-core criminal, to buy fire weapons is still there. Moreover, there are several US websites where even one who is not a US citizen, with the help of intermediaries, can buy a weapon.
At present, a lawsuit has been issued against the owners of one of these sites, armslist.com, after a certain Dmitry Smirnov, a Russian immigrant, killed a woman from a gun purchased at this site. The lawsuit was issued on a request from relatives of the killed woman.
Opponents of free selling of weapons in the US say that a maniac with a gun presents a much bigger threat than the half-mythical bandits who, as proponents of selling weapons claim, would have attacked law-abiding Americans if these law-abiding Americans had no possibility to buy guns. However, their words are usually ignored by producers and sellers of weapons and by politicians who back their interests.
A ban on selling weapons hasn’t followed in the US after a student of a technical college in Virginia killed 32 people and himself in April 2007. It hasn’t followed after a certain James Holmes killed 12 and wounded 58 people in a cinema in Colorado or after the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook. Let us hope for the better, of course, but in such a situation, is it not ruled out that the US may await new bloody tragedies.