VIDEO: Is America’s love of guns stopping common sense gun regulation?

On Jan. 5, 2016, President Obama gave a passionate speech that unveiled his new strategy to curb gun violence in America by calling for a “national sense of urgency” on the issue. 

As the president stated: “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass [gun] violence erupt with this kind of frequency… It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries.  It’s not even close.  And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.” (story continues after video)

His proposals focus on new background check requirements that will enhance the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and greater education and enforcement efforts of existing laws at the state level.

People’s World took it to the streets to ask: What do you think it will take to curb gun violence, and what is it about America’s love of guns that prevents common sense gun regulation? Check out the video above to see what people had to say. 

Photo: Video screenshot, courtesy of Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Video: Chauncey K. Robinson

Contributors: Teresa Albano, Rossana Cambron, Mariya Strauss


Chauncey K. Robinson
Chauncey K. Robinson

Chauncey K. Robinson believes that writing and media, in any capacity, should help to reflect the world around us, and be tools to help bring about progressive change. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she has a strong belief in people power and strength. She is the Social Media Editor for People's World, along with being a journalist for the award winning publication. She’s a self professed geek and lover of pop culture. Chauncey seeks to make sure topics that affect working class people, peoples of color, and women are constantly in the spotlight and part of the discussion.