Only days after calling for a ban on assault weapons and help for the mentally ill, and on the day he is set to attend a summit on gun violence at St. Joe’s University, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced that he has been selected to serve on the President’s newly formed gun violence panel.
According to CBS 3, the panel will be led by Vice President Joe Biden. Ramsey was asked by Fox29 if he is confident that this tragedy in Newtown will be enough to encourage changes, and it will not be forgotten months later like so many other shootings, to which he replied:
“Am I confident? No, I’m not, because I’ve seen this happen too many times. In the midst of tragedy, everyone is making comments, they’re crying, they’re praying, they’re doing all kinds of things. But then, a month later, it’s back to business as usual … I hope this is different. I’d like to be optimistic. We’ll see. But, you know, let’s see if they’re still having this conversation in February or March. That’s the key. And, unfortunately, once everything is over in Newtown, you know, we go right back to doing the same things we did before, which is pretty much nothing.”
We’re hoping for change too, but we’ll have to wait and see.