It’s been 100 days since President Barack Obama took office, and news outlets across the political spectrum are weighing in with performance reviews — a good portion of which have focused primarily on the economic actions Obama has taken since January 20.
But an article from NBC’s Chief Justice Correspondent Pete Williams takes a look at the progress Obama has made towards permanently renewing the assault weapons ban:
Campaigning before a church congregation on Chicago’s South Side one Sunday in July 2007, Barack Obama said an epidemic of big city violence was “sickening the soul of this nation.”
Among the potential cures, he said, was permanently reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
One-hundred days into his presidency, President Obama says it remains a goal. But it is one the White House has been forced to abandon.
Williams’ article concludes:
Unless the mid-term election brings a substantial change in the composition of Congress, an assault weapons ban has little chance of becoming law under Barack Obama.
Despite (or perhaps because of) the ban’s small chance of becoming law, Schweitzer Fellows across the U.S. have been consistently working to prevent and address violence resulting from handgun use (as well as violence in general).
Earlier this year, the Baltimore Schweitzer Fellows program held a symposium on the city’s gun violence problems. Brian Dempsey and Franz Lepionka, 2000-2001 New Hampshire/Vermont Fellows, researched issues involved in gun control policies and conducted workshops to raise awareness of gun violence issues.
And one of our new 2009-2010 Chicago Fellows, Hajirah Saeed of Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, will be working with Maywood Ceasefire to develop and implement a violence prevention program within the Loyola hospital system (not far from where Obama made his comment that city violence is “sickening the soul of this nation”) for patients admitted through the Emergency Room or Trauma Center.