Our youngest son was a graduating senior in the Virginia Tech engineering school at the time of the tragic shootings in 2007. Thank God he was safe, but 32 of his classmates and a professor were killed. My son could have died easily that day at the hands of a mentally ill young man. Since then, there have been other senseless acts of violence, including the theater shooting in Colorado and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. These events can cause us only to shake our heads in disbelief at the deaths of innocents at the hands of the mentally ill who roam our streets -- those who should have been institutionalized for their protection and ours.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Anti-gun politicians are wasting no time while the Newtown, Conn., school shootings are still fresh in Americans' minds. The White House task force on gun violence will issue recommendations on Tuesday, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said President Obama might bypass Congress and implement unpopular gun-control measure through executive orders.
Sen. Chris Murphy on Sunday said there is growing momentum in Congress for a ban on so-called assault weapons, saying lawmakers' attitudes toward gun control have changed significantly in the wake of last month's shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.
President Obama promised an all-of-the-above examination of gun violence in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut last month, but the video game and movie industries say they're not part of the problem.
Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
No criminal charges will be brought against "Meet the Press" host David Gregory for his display of a high-capacity gun magazine on the show last month, the District's Office of the Attorney General announced Friday.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden hinted Friday that a federal weapons trafficking statute and more readily available mental health assistance could be included in a set of recommendations to address gun violence in the country that he plans to deliver to President Obama by a self-imposed Tuesday deadline.
Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden expressed interest Friday in existing technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the purchaser. He said evidence shows such technology may have affected events in Connecticut last month when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school.