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President Obama and most American Leaders do not get the symbolism and need for action

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"But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for "meaningful action' is not enough. We need immediate action."


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by Kevin Stoda

With America having nearly 20 times as many mass-murders by shootings than any other industrialized country, we know that the system is broken.

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Yet there is no leadership. There are few men or women with backbone to stand up against the NRA and manufacturers of weapons to commit mass murder. Worse, the culture of training so many young people to go off to war is backfiring--leading to military imitations and mass-murder role-models using unbelievable shooting precision while wearing battle fatigues--as was the case in Newtown's elementary school massacre yesterday.

Here is what America will recall about the Obama administrations first 4 years.

-Lanza's (the mass child killer in Newton Connecticut Elementary) rifle was similar to a weapon widely used by troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

-In his nearly four years in office, Obama has not pressed for expanded gun control. But he did allude Friday to a desire to have politicians put aside their differences to deal with ways to prevent future shootings.

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-Obama's fourth year in office oversaw the deadliest year for gun-violence in USA history.

December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts killed 2 people and himself with a stolen rifle in Clackamas Town Center, Oregon. His motive is unknown.

September 27, 2012. Five were shot to death by 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN. Three others were wounded. Engeldinger went on a rampage after losing his job, ultimately killing himself.

August 5, 2012. Six Sikh temple members were killed when 40-year-old US Army veteran Wade Michael Page opened fire in a gurdara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Four others were injured, and Page killed himself.

July 20, 2012. During the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO, 24-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58. Holmes was arrested outside the theater.

May 29, 2012. Ian Stawicki opened fire on Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA, killing 5 and himself after a citywide manhunt.

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April 6, 2012. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, shot 5 black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in racially motivated shooting spree. Three died.

April 2, 2012. A former student, 43-year-old One L. Goh killed 7 people at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA. The shooting was the sixth-deadliest school massacre in the US and the deadliest attack on a school since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

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-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has been a vocal advocate for gun control, issued an exasperated statement after the president's speech after the mass-murders in Newtown, on the one hand "President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown,...But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for "meaningful action' is not enough. We need immediate action."


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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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