Jan 16, 2013 7:32 PM by Erin Steuber
President Obama is using his executive powers to enact several regulations to reduce gun violence. Among his orders, tougher background checks, and using federal money to improve school safety. As far as other measures, the President says there's only so much he can do to reduce gun violence unless lawmakers act. The process, he says, will not be easy.
"It will be pundits, and politicians, and special interest lobbyists, publicly warning of a tyrannical all out assault on liberty. Not because that's true, but because they want to generate up fear, or higher ratings, or revenue, for themselves. Behind the scenes, they'll do everything they can to block any common sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever," said President Obama.
Here at home, the President's proposals are met with mixed reviews. Gun rights, and gun control, are in the cross-hairs of a national debate, since the tragedy in Connecticut last month.
"If we can save just one life, we have the obligation to try," said President Obama.
But many residents around Acadiana are not thrilled with the President's announcement.
"I'm not in favor of it at all. I think we have the right, under the Constitution, to bear arms," said William Owens.
Today, the President announced his $500 million gun control plan, which in part urges Congress to ban semi-automatic rifles, like the Bushmaster AR-15 that Adam Lanza used in the Newtown tragedy.
"Most of us, myself included, that have that type of thing, they use them recreationally. Or if you use them for hunting, or you use them for target practice, the truth is we have the right to have them," said Scot Jones.
Another key component of President Obama's gun control plan is to ban high capacity magazines, limiting the number of rounds from 30, to 10.
"Gun control, right now, is not about guns it's about control. The President is trying to remove citizens and law abiding citizens rights to defend themselves," said Clyde Acres. "Our second amendment rights shall not be infringed."
But not everyone around Acadiana says the average person needs the option to own these powerful weapons.
"I don't think they really have any use other than personal recreational uses," said Nick Moudelous. "In the interest of keeping people safe, it's better not to have them around."
The debate continues in Acadiana, and across the country.
Congressman Charles Boustany issued this statement today in response to the President's proposal:
"School shootings, exemplified by the heartbreaking incident at Newtown victimizing defenseless children, are terrible and senseless tragedies. We all mourn for the victims' families and loved ones. However, we must not to jump to knee-jerk conclusions that overlook the true issue at hand. Guns are merely an avenue for sick people to commit heinous crimes - they are not the root cause."