The President remarked on Tuesday during his gun control speech that “the gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can’t hold America hostage.” Why does he not take a similar stance with pharmaceutical companies, which does “hold America hostage.” The President eluded to the mental health problem later in his address by calling attention to the fact that “shootings tend to shine a light on those few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others,” which is troubling because some fail to truly debate the side-effects of medications with respect to this issue. Also, many of the shootings that have occurred have been committed by individuals who have taken, or are taking some kind of drug, which he did not clearly shed light on. Moreover, the President remarked that “we’re going to do more to help those suffering from mental illness get the help that they need.” How can Americans believe this when veterans, who sacrifice their lives for the sake of this nation cannot even Get good moderately decent help for their problems? Additionally, the President remarked that roughly “two in three gun deaths are from suicides.” Closing this point, he states that “ a lot of our work is to prevent people from hurting themselves.” I understand his sentiment, but it is not the job of the Government to prevent people from harming themselves. People who want to kill themselves will do so, and most people will not know until the person is already dead, and newsflash everyone, suicide is not caused by just guns, but get ready because I’m sure this will be a central theme for media to engender fear among viewers. It is interesting how life suddenly becomes sacred for those individuals who unfortunately lost their lives in the shootings outlined in this speech, which is not disputed, but what about the babies that are killed daily because of a woman’s decision to invoke her right as an adult to abort her baby? Why are unborn children regardless of malady denied the same protection and jettisoned from the concept of sanctity merely because they are not yet physically born? Finally, I know this post went all over the place, but that is alright. I do agree that background check reform should happen across all avenues that touch on domestic security, not just concerning gun ownership.