COMMENT & ANALYSIS; Politics, Comment and Analysis, Edited by David James

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COMMENT & ANALYSIS; Politics, Comment and Analysis, Edited by David James


December 16, 2012 PRESIDENT Obama made all the right noises following the latest shooting atrocity in America. He left the obligatory five second pauses in his speech, wiped away a non-existent tear and said that meaningful action must be taken to OUR prevent more tragedies like this.

So, as 20 families weep over their dead children, should we believe that finally, America will wake up and tackle its gun crisis.

Track back a year to Tucson, Arizona, when a congresswoman and 13 others were injured and six killed.

We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the VIEW prospects of violence in the future," said Obama.

Fine words, but no follow-up action.

The problem is that Americans believe they have a right to own guns, not just for sport or hunting but for self-defence. That right is embodied in their most revered political document, the Constitution.

In Britain, we watch almost open-mouthed as these tragedies unfold with alarming regularity. Indeed, we too have not become immune from it.

But having recently won an election, Obama now has the perfect platform to challenge the gun lobbyists. Cynically, there will not be a better time to ride a wave of public outrage over the deaths of young children.

To bring in gun control and change American culture would be very difficult but it must be a battle worth fighting. Emotional speeches are one thing, aiming to curb gun ownership is another.

SIR - Most pensioners are helpful and want to be useful.

With flooding a prominent horrendous happening and we never know where the next may be, if I was the lord mayor of a village or city I would ask YOUR for their help as volunteers, to check out the drains and culverts in their area. …

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