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On Dec. 14, 2012, 26 people, including 20 children were shot and killed at a school in Newtown, Conn. The tragedy thrust the gun control debate to center stage across the nation and many in the Black community believed the government would finally address the issue of gun violence that plagues them everyday.
After four months some states have already begun to pass gun control legislation, including Connecticut where the governor recently signed a law restricting the sale of high capacity ammunition clips and requiring background checks on gun sales. However, while President Barack Obama has attempted to mirror Connecticut’s landmark bill at the federal level, he and supporters are being met with strong opposition.
“I’m concerned that there has been a weakening of the will. We’ve actually lost some ground since the Newton tragedy,” said Black Political Empowerment Project Chairman Tim Stevens at a forum on gun violence April 2. “When you consider that sending a child to school could be a death sentence to any child in America, it’s frightening.”