In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the Stowers Law Firm would like to first take a moment to mourn the loss of the victims and honor those who were truly heroic during the horrific shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ever since the tragic events in Connecticut occurred, there has been a lot of debate and discussion regarding the future of gun legislation in the U.S. and what steps should be taken to prevent tragic events like this from happening again. In a previous post, we discussed the recent changes in Iowa’s gun law. Unlike Iowa, which has a fairly tolerant gun law, Connecticut (where the shooting occurred) has one of the strictest gun laws in the country. Some are pointing to Connecticut’s laws as evidence that stricter gun control may not be the answer to preventing mass shootings like Sandy Hook, and are instead looking to issues such as mental health awareness and better treatment programs as alterative solutions to the problem (as it has been alleged that the shooter suffered from a mental illness).
In his statement about the Sandy Hook shooting last Friday, President Obama called for “meaningful action,” but he did not specifically address the future of gun legislation or call for stricter gun control. Many U.S. Senators have been pushing for a ban on assault weapons and are urging that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the U.S., which we unfortunately seen a spike in over the last year. The President has been receiving some criticism for “talk[ing] a big game about gun control]” while running for president in 2008, but accomplishing “next to nothing on gun regulation" over the course of his presidency. However, the latest news on the Internet is saying that shortly before noon today, “President Obama will tap Vice President Biden to lead an administration-wide effort looking at gun control and other measures in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.” So it sounds as though we may be seeing some changes in the nation’s gun laws and policies very soon… We will keep you updated!