By Marysol Guzman |Staff Writer|
President Barack Obama presented 23 executive actions on Jan. 15 that would reduce future gun violence in America.
He called for required universal background checks before the purchase of a gun along with banning military styled guns.
“You should at least have to show you are not a felon, or somebody who is not illegally prohibited from buying one. This is common sense,” said Obama.
The president’s main focus is to remove guns from the market whose purpose is to do extreme damage. The military style AR-15 rifle was used for both the Aurora, CO. and Newtown, CT. shootings. Obama stressed the limitation on a 10-round limit from magazines to restrict weaponry from shooting as many bullets possible in a short time.The gun used in the Aurora shooting shot as many as 50 shots per minute. This allowed the shooter to shoot 70 people, killing 12 in just a couple of minutes.
“Weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a theater,” said Obama.
Tabitha Wogerman, a young mother at CSUSB, agrees with the president’s proposed executive orders.
“I initially thought that they were planning on taking guns completely away to kind of cut off all gun violence,” said Wogerman.
Student Christiana Garrett, said she was raised around guns since the age of four and have been a part of her family background.“I have a profound respect for guns and I feel that that’s something that scares people when they don’t have that respect for guns,” said Garrett.
Garrett added that guns have purposes and they are here to keep us safe.
“In my opinion the only way to stop bad people with guns is having good people with guns,” continued Garrett.
Student Alex Ospina also agrees with Garrett calling it unconstitutional. He believes that taking away guns is prohibiting his liberty and rights.
In Wednesday’s press conference, the president also stated that he believes in the right to gun ownership and also thinks that most gun owners will agree with his proposed executive orders.
“We can respect the 2nd Amendment while keeping an irresponsible law breaking feud from inflicting harm on a massive scale,” said Obama.
The president said that although these reforms are common sense measures they would not be easy to enact.
“The only way we will be able to change is if the American people demand it,” Obama said. “We have to examine ourselves and our hearts and ask ourselves what is important.”
Obama also focused on the safety of children. He introduced the four children who wrote him about their opinions on gun control. “This is our first task as a society. Keeping our children safe,” said Obama.
He called for the development of emergency model response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
CSUSB student, Liliana Castro, agrees with such measures because there’s limited drills provided on campus.“Its pretty cool. In school we are educated about earthquakes, fires, things like that but not about a shooting scenario, which is bad,” Castro said.
Reformation of gun control laws is a process that America must go through to come to an overall consensus.