Week 2: Hero – Barack Obama

by Charlie_East_West on January 10, 2016

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This week’s hero of the week is Barack Obama for emotionally announcing new measures to curb gun violence across the America.

Once again, Obama’s speech was spot on, but what everyone will remember from this speech is that Barack Obama shed a tear.

Obama has a fantastic way with words. His great speeches will be remembered long after he has departed from the White House. His speech this week on gun control was another such example: “People are dying. And the constant excuses for inaction no longer do, no longer suffice. That is why we are here today. Not to debate the last mass shooting, but to do something to prevent the next one.”

Obama’s executive action would ensure all licensed retail gun sellers carry out background checks of potential buyers. He also recommended more rigor in scrutinising selling guns via the internet, by making sure that purchasers of guns have rigorous background checks.

Obama also announced that the process by which states submit mental-health records to the system will be more effective. He also announced a requirement for additional funding of research of gun-safety technology. Obama highlighted this by saying, “If we have the technology to unlock your phone without the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same for our guns? If a child can’t open up a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can’t pull the trigger on a gun.”

But as Obama recalled the deaths of 20 children at Newtown in 2012 it become too much even for this most stoic of Presidents. He started crying. He stopped his speech and wiped away the tears. It was profoundly moving to witness an unflappable President who “doesn’t do drama” reacting in this way.

Obama stated: “Our unalienable right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara, and from high schoolers in Columbine, and from first-graders in Newtown. First-graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from their lives by a bullet of a gun,” Then pausing to wipe away tears, he said “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago everyday.”

By raising this issue in such a provoking and emotional way, Obama has raised the stakes on gun laws and offered a challenge to Capitol Hill, Presidental candidates and the NRA to finally do the right thing and finally tighten up America’s antiquated guns laws.

Yet again, it was another example of Obama saying the right thing at the right time. We will miss him when he has gone. God only knows what is coming next…

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