Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker report that on Monday the President asked “Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles.”
Hopefully these proposals and the subsequent conversations and debates (both formal and informal) can be informed, constructive and aimed at workable solutions. Hopefully the extremes on both sides of the issue can set aside their polarizing, base-rallying talking points to really discuss the issue on which everyone agrees: we want to protect our children from further acts of senseless violence as best we are able.
Those wanting gun reform must be clear about what most are seeking–a ban on private ownership of assault weapons and a conversation about how and who can obtain weapons for recreational hunting and shooting competitions.
Those resisting gun reform must be clear about why most are resisting–a fear that if assault weapons are banned that other weapons will be banned until private gun ownership is outlawed.
If we, as a nation, will set aside our inflammatory rhetoric around this issue, we can discuss how to lessen the probability of events like what occurred in Connecticut last week, which is really what the debate should be all about.
The full-text of the Wilson-Rucker report can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-asks-cabinet-members-for-proposals-to-curb-gun-violence/2012/12/17/ac4a8dae-4869-11e2-ad54-580638ede391_story.html?hpid=z1