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Gun changes will help

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

President Barack Obama’s executive order on guns accomplished one goal that should have a favorable outcome by reducing easy access of guns for those who intend ill with them.
Obama put in more strict background check rules, including forcing private gun sellers at gun shows to provide background checks.
He also, multiples times, slammed the state of Indiana for its lax laws in regard to gun shows during a ‘Guns in America’ town hall session hosted by CNN.
He said firearms sold at Indiana gun shows are then turned around and sold in Chicago, without a background check at any point.
Obama says he respects the Second Amendment and citizens’ right to bear arms, and he doesn’t want to ‘take guns’ away from law-abiding citizens. I believe him.
But he did have a few interesting things to say that I think sheds light on how he feels about guns as a means for protection.
‘There are always questions as to whether or not having a firearm in the home protects you from that kind of violence,’ he said at the town hall gathering. ‘And I’m not sure we can resolve that. People argue it both sides. What is true is, is that you have to be pretty well trained in order to fire a weapon against somebody who is assaulting you and catches you by surprise. And what is also true is there’s always the possibility that the firearm in a home leads to a tragic accident. We can debate that, round or flat.’
I don’t know of anyone, while someone is burglarizing their home, that thinks, ‘Boy, I’m glad I don’t have a gun in the house; he may take it and use it against me.’
No, most logically, the presence of the gun alone would do enough to deter a would-be burglar.
If not, I’d take my chances with, rather than without, a firearm.
Obama doesn’t necessary agree:
‘And so if you look at the statistics, there’s no doubt that there are times where somebody who has a weapon has been able to protect themselves and scare off an intruder or an assailant. But what is more often the case is that they may not have been able to protect themselves but they end up the victim of the weapon that they purchased themselves. And that’s something that can be debated.’
While Obama may not be pro gun, the fear that he or the government will take away guns for law-abiding citizens is unfounded.
Either way, Obama’s action should be commended, even though he admitted it wouldn’t have stopped any of the recent shootings and may not make much of a difference at all.

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