Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
"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 Second Amendment -- have come together around common-sense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because these police chiefs, they’re tired of seeing their guys and gals being outgunned.
Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress…. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun -- more than a thousand."
"State of the Union Address," www.whitehouse.gov, Feb. 12, 2013
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Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
Former member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Former member, Foreign Relations Committee
Former member, Veterans' Affairs Committee
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School