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Johnson: Guts & Guns

President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement Wednesday at the White House in Washington, about policies he will pursue following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In 1963 when the young black activist, John Lewis, who later became the distinguished Congressman from Georgia, was nearly beaten to death during a civil rights march in Alabama, the cautious John F. Kennedy knew he could not fail to push forcefully for meaningful legislation that would attempt to bring blacks into the mainstream of American life. Bending the curve of the epidemic of gun violence in a gun deranged society presents Barack Obama with the same kind of challenge. It has been suggested that the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre will be Obama’s defining moment as president; more significant than being the first African-American president, more important than hunting down bin Laden or dealing with the worst economy since the Great Depression the aftermath of the awful school shooting will define Obama’s legacy/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Could President Obama's pursuit of gun control cost Democrats in future presidential and congressional elections?




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