Supporters of tighter gun control laws were pleased to hear President Barack Obama make some references to legislation that would change current firearms laws in his recent speeches regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. But if there is an actual plan in place, the Obama Administration is keeping it a secret for now.
It actually makes sense for the President to keep his plan a secret if he does have one. Even though the issue is very hot button right now, there are still opponents of any further gun control legislation, and until President Obama has worked out a plan that is both going to be effective and will get passed, there is no reason to lay it out for everyone to poke holes in it. After all, look at what happened to The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) before it was even fully finished.
During the White House daily briefing on Monday, press secretary Jay Carney repeated basically what the President said in his speeches that, "No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem." He told reporters who asked how Obama will turn his words into action, "I don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today."
However, it does appear that there is something in the works, because when the media pressed Carney for an answer as whether President Obama viewed gun control as the key solution to eliminating or reducing gun violence, Carney said that gun control is part of the solution, but is "far from all of it."
"I'm not going to engage in specific policy points and prescriptions," Carney finished. While this issue has come up before, never in the nation's past has a massacre touched the hearts of so many. Even Harry Reid, a longtime supporter of guns, has now announced that something has to be done. While the Obama Administration hashes out their plan for gun control and tries to come up with a robust solution that will not only solve the problem, but not take away citizens' rights to carry guns (and therefore be shot down by lawmakers), everyone else will just have to wait and see what Obama has up his sleeve. Hopefully, it's not just a magic trick.
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