Do You Support Obama's Gun Control Measures?
Patch wants to know what Parsippany residents feel about the contentious issue surrounding public safety and Second Amendment rights.
President Barack Obama launched a major national gun-control effort Wednesday, instituting a number of executive orders and a call for the U.S. Congress to approve an assault weapons ban, the prohibition of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets and background checks for all gun buyers.
The president also agreed with the National Rifle Association's call for increasing the number of armed guards in schools.
The move comes as a reaction to prevent mass shootings like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which an allegedly mentally ill man killed 20 first graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Of course, there is opposition to the president's ideas.
The NRA said that as the nation considers how to protect public safety, the emphasis should be placed on dealing with issues surrounding those with mental illnesses and not on limiting the rights of citizens to own the weapons they choose.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Fox News that Obama's proposals would lead to "drawn-out court battles."
Meanwhile, CNN reported that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pointed out that none of the ideas Obama proposes would have saved the children and adults who died in Connecticut.
And the National Parent-Teacher Organization, while supporting many of President Obama's plans, called his plan to put armed protectors in schools "a disappointment," reported the Washington Post.
What do you think? Do you agree with the president or do you believe that the Second Amendment should be inviolate?
Take the poll! Patch wants to know what Parsippany thinks.