Last year, President Obama was eagerly moving forward with his personal war against guns. He was ready to ignore the Second Amendment and hoped to change the way Americans viewed gun ownership as a fundamental right.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Tuesday the fight for congressional action on gun legislation is far from over while outlining unilateral steps the Obama administration has taken to combat gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings in December.
Six months ago, the nation was horrified that a deranged man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 young children and six educators.
Federal gun prosecutions, which reached a relative low late last year, have risen steadily in the months since December's school shooting, according to the latest statistics that suggest the administration has put more effort into enforcing existing laws.
For some communities stung by tragedy, a wrecking ball is key to the healing process. For others, the decision to keep the site of past trauma standing is a vital step on the road to recovery.
In a March blog post Michael Moore urged the release of crime scene photos depicting the shattered, perforated bodies of the schoolchildren slaughtered last December in Newtown. Confronting the eye-opening gore, he argued, was a moral imperative — expiation for America’s tacit moral complicity in mass shootings and a goad to brisk and decisive action expanding gun control and driving a stake through the heart of the NRA. On Tuesday, amid rising solidarity with victims' parents trying to prevent release of the graphic images, Mr. Moore flatly denied having advocated their tactical dissemination — and blamed any misconceptions to the contrary on a Fox News reporter.
Sidestepping the issue of gun violence, President Obama opened a mental health conference at the White House Monday by calling for a national effort to diagnose and treat mental illness earlier in children and offer more services for adults.
Now that the verdict is in on Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist convicted of delivering and killing babies - most of them black - perhaps President Obama might finally be willing to respond to the horrific crime.
When Australian golfer Marc Leishman heard about the December shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, he immediately went to his computer to look at a map.