Here or far, wherever it is it’s still a challenge

President Obama visits Iraq, addresses service members and government employees
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The biggest challenge facing the president today is national security both a far and here in America. Think about it.

In the past year, there have been more stories on gun violence in America than in 2011. The shooting at the midnight screening of “Batman” was a particularly gruesome one.

The challenge for the president is going to be how to figure out an effective way of gun control without us losing our right to bear arms. Since the ban on handguns was put into action in Chicago, the murder rate has averaged 17 percent lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 25 percent lower. Forty to 45 percent of households in the United States have a gun as of 2010 according to justfacts.com.

An all out ban, while effective, on guns would make void the second amendment to protect ourselves in dangerous situations. We wouldn’t be able to “defend our castle” in case of a home break-in or murder attempt.

The last challenge the president would have with national security is the U.S. troops overseas, particularly the Middle East, and how it affects many families.

The global war on terror has been abandoned and the new strategy for combating terrorist networks is now using more targeted strikes using drones and special operations forces in the U.S. military.

Military families are constantly wondering when their loved one is returning home. Yet, despite the war being long over, many soldiers are still being deployed.

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Some soldiers are engineers and fixing buildings, building roadways and even constructing bridges. Other soldiers are teaching Middle Eastern soldiers overseas how to fight and protect their own country.

Well what happens if America is attacked while our troops are away teaching another country’s soldiers how to defend their country? It used to be we fought a war, we won and we came home and celebrated.

Well there was a war, we helped established a democracy and some soldiers came home. Where was the homecoming? Where was the celebration?

The challenge of national security both overseas and here in America is one that the president will be challenged with for many years to come.

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