President Obama's Greatest Regret: Failure To Secure More Gun Control

By Nicole Lopez, The Goldwater · 12-09-2016

In a statement made to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, it turns out that President Barrack Obama's greatest regret is after eight years in the White House was his inability to restrict the Second Amendment through more gun control.

Obama expressed his frustrations towards the fact that U.S. is one of the most advanced nations on planet earth yet the country doesn't have sufficient gun safety laws.

The U.S. had been taking gun control for granted until the attack on Sunday Hook Elementary on the 14th of December 2012. However, it was too late. The U.S. citizens were reluctant in enforcing gun control even after the deadly attack since the attacker defied all gun control laws by stealing the guns he used to carry out the attack.

The Democrats had long desired to secure legislation on the crucial matter but they had terribly failed. Shortly after the Sandy Hook attack, the Democrats saw it as a golden opportunity to secure legislation and that's when Obama sought Senator Joe Manchin to push background checks. However, Obama failed since the Manchin's gun control legislation failed. In a statement made by Senator Chuck Schumer, there has been no votes for gun control in the Congress.

Democrats have terribly failed in passing the very critical background checks and this echoes Obama's statement that the U.S. is an advanced nation without sufficient gun safety laws. Countries such as France have background checks and bans on certain categories of guns, mental health checks, and several requirements before one possesses a gun. However, this did not stop the Paris killings where 12 people were killed on the Charlie Hebdo attack on the 7th of January 2012 and the recent Paris attack that saw 130 gunned down on the 13th of November 2015.

The Burlington, Washington mass shootings claimed 5 lives on the September 23, 2016. In California 2 attackers killed 14 people in San Bernardino on the 2nd of December. While 3 were killed in an attack that took place in Colorado Springs. This is just a list of attacks that have taken place in the U.S. states such as California, Colorado, and Washington where universal background checks are in place yet attacks still happened; this clearly shows that any determined gunman cannot be stopped by background checks.

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