The holidays are supposed to be a time for friends and family to celebrate,
and, perhaps, a time for self-reflection. “Self-reflection”
is the word President Obama used in reference to the National Rifle Association’s
position on gun control.
Last week, Leigh Ann Caldwell reported for CBS News about Obama’s
new gun violence task force. This task force comes in the wake of the
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which six adults and 20 children
were killed by a lone gunman in Newtown, Conn.
The majority of criminal charges involving violent crime do not involve
something like Sandy Hook, but given that mass shootings have become a
major problem in America, Obama wants his task force to come up with solid,
actionable items to address the gun-control issue.
“This won’t be some Washington commission,” he said,
as Caldwell reports, arguing that his commission won’t be some group
that will study gun control for months and issue a do-nothing report.
Rather, Vice President Joe Biden will head up the task force and will answer
to Obama with recommendations after the New Year in January.
Generally speaking, the NRA fiercely defends any interpretation of the
Second Amendment that allows for Americans to possess firearms. Reporters
are understandably skeptical that any lawmaking effort will be enough
to overcome the NRA, which has been extremely successful in its lobbying efforts.
Of the NRA, Obama said: “I would hope they do some self-reflection.”