Gun Control for America?
We need to rethink gun ownership
.01 | Charleston shooting
Barack Obama has voiced confidence a "shocked and heartbroken" United States will eventually tighten permissive gun laws, striking a more strident tone after the deadly Charleston shooting.
The president told US mayors in San Francisco that change would come one day as he took on detractors, who have accused him of politicising the deaths of nine black worshippers in South Carolina.
Mr Obama described gun crime as a crisis that "tears at the fabric of a community" and "costs this country dearly".
Profiles of Charleston shooting victims
The nine people killed in the Charleston shooting include a high school track and field coach, a librarian, and a senior pastor.
"More than 11,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2013 alone," he said.
He accused Congress of failing to act after a mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook elementary school.
"We wouldn't have prevented every act of violence or even most," Mr Obama said.
"We don't know if it [gun reform] would have prevented what happened in Charleston.
"No reform can guarantee elimination of violence, but we might still have some more Americans with us.
"We might have stopped one shooter, some families might still be whole. You all might have to attend fewer funerals."
In the immediate aftermath of the Charleston shooting Mr Obama had voiced resignation that change would not come in the autumn of his eight-year term in office.
The right to own and carry guns was written into the American constitution, when America was a frontier nation. Modern America needs to have gun laws for a modern society which should reflect the
modern values of respect for all.
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.02 | putamus parum claram
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Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with “guest workers” from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through America’s front door.
Critics say lawmakers – including top Republican leaders – are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple the number of H1B work visas.
The legislation’s potential impact on the American worker has been widely debated on Capitol Hill, with experts warning lawmakers at a Senate subcommittee hearing last week that the plan would eliminate certain technology and IT jobs for Americans. But, so far, little has been said about the risks to national security.
The bills’ proponents in Washington and among Silicon Valley’s technology centers say America is not producing enough university graduates with so-called STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). Their argument, put forth most passionately by presidential contender Jeb Bush, is purely economic. By inducing more foreign STEM students to immigrate to the U.S. and by expanding the visa program for skilled workers, it will fuel growth and bolster the tax base, they say.
But that argument falls flat on critics of the two bills floating in Congress — the so-called I-Squared bill in the Senate and the SKILLS Visa Act in the House.
They point to research from several think tanks that indicates, if anything, the U.S. has a glut of STEM graduates who are coming out of universities and not finding work in STEM fields. And by radically increasing the number of H1B visas issued, the United States will further increase the number of high-risk immigrants entering the country from Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Pakistan.
Citizens of Muslim countries already have several paths into the United States – as refugees through the State Department’s refugee resettlement program, as students attending U.S. universities, and as employees of an American company willing to sponsor them on an H1B (temporary) visa or a permanent green card. Once in the country, these immigrants are joined by thousands of their family members.
The H1B visa lasts for three years and can be renewed once for a total of six years. At this point, many H1B workers are able to obtain a permanent green card.
In total, about 100,000 new immigrants come to the United States from Islamic countries every year, according to Steve Camarotta, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies
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