Yahoo News asked readers and contributors to briefly respond to passages from Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Here's one reaction.
Obama on gun violence: "It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans - Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment - have come together around commonsense reform - like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun."
My response: As a mother of a toddler, the aunt of a 5-year-old, and a public school teacher, I was brought to heartbroken tears the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. When I think about how easy it would be for the same crisis to happen where I teach, it sickens me. Then I think about the gunman… and the guns.
While I agree with background checks for purchasing guns, what about those people out there who are not identified as "criminals," like Lanza who didn't have a criminal record and whose mother not only owned a multitude of guns but who taught her sons how to shoot proficiently? Background checks are absolutely imperative, yes, but more than that is needed to protect our society.