There may be something to smile about after all in the wake of the recent shooting tragedies: stricter gun laws.
President Obama teased at coming gun control legislation during the final press conference of his first term on Monday. Monday also marked the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. Although the president said we can expect a more detailed list of the proposals later in the week, he did run-off a few of his recommendations for curbing gun violence. The list included: a “meaningful” ban against assault weapons, limitations on the number of bullets allowed in gun clips and stronger background checks for those trying to purchase a firearm.
Although Obama isn’t sure on the likelihood of all of his recommendations getting the Congress’ stamp of approval, he promised to take executive action if needed to prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook from happening. “Will all of them get through Congress? I don’t know,” he said. “But if there is a step we can take to save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.”