By BARRY JED RICHARDSON JR.
One month after the massacre in Newton, Conn., and two years after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson, dramatic gun control legislation is in the works.
President Barack Obama proposed a package on Jan. 16 to combat gun violence.
“If there’s even one thing we can do to reduce the violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try it,” Obama said.
A ban on assault rifles and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds are among the issues the administration aims to tackle.
Obama also wants required background checks on all gun purchases and strict penalties on those who purchase guns from unlicensed dealers.
The estimated $500 million proposal is the most aggressive gun control plan in generations. White House officials say many lives would be saved if the proposal were enacted.
Some states already responded in efforts to combat violence. New York was one of the first states to act since the Newton school shooting.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and dangerous mental health patients, and banned any ammunition magazine over seven rounds.
Arizona remains among the worst states in the United States for gun safety laws, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
More information about the Brady Campaign and local chapters of the group, visit bradycampaign.org
Many Pima Community College students are concerned about proposed state legislation that would allow community college and university faculty members to carry concealed weapons while on campus.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t think it’s appropriate for an institution to allow guns,” said Julian Mackey, a PCC student. “Some restraints need to be used when it comes to firearms in our society.”
Arizona does not require permits to purchase firearms, nor does it require the registration of purchased guns.
There is no requirement for a person to possess a permit when carrying a gun.
“There’s no place for guns at school,” PCC student Hector Amado said. “Think about it. do you want your kids at school when guns are allowed?”