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Barack Obama Admits He Might Fail to Outlaw Assault Weapons


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Cal
- 954 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
President Barack Obama may fail to outlaw high-power assault weapons, he admitted, as he was accused by Michael Bloomberg of jeopardising American lives by not confronting the gun lobby.



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lee e. (114)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:03 am
In a country as violent and gun-crazed as ours -- to succeed in reason over this issue is like ccofiscating all buddah statues from the Buddhists! This is a sick culture we live in!!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:09 am
Enforcing current laws would make me happy.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:26 am
noted and agreed, thanks Cal
 

David Anderson (75)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:54 am
Lee, we live in a country in which according to duly passed and signed law (unconstitutional as it is) saying that you, me, or anyone else can be captured ('arrested' doesn't seem to fit) and detained indefinitely without charges, without any due process or recourse, without any oversight by a court or anyone else, and all this be done secretly (i.e., all your family and friend know if they didn't see you getting rolled up is that you left to wherever you were going and that is the last they have seen of you. In addition to the horrendous and dangerous provisions of the NDAA, we have a president who calls people who believe in God and the Constitution 'bitter clingers' and has pledged in front of some of his core constituents to 'punish our enemies'. Do you really have that much trouble understanding why the 'bitter clingers' are putting new emphasis in the iconic phrase 'from my cold dead fingers'?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:09 pm
That the President would even make such an admission suggests that, once again, he plans on unilaterally compromising his position until the right gets exactly what it wants. How many children have to die, Mr. President, before you develop a spine?

Mr. President, we have had enough of your "Change We Can Believe In. How about some real change and some real action to stop the slaughter of innocents by assault weapons?
 

Jane K. (10)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:16 pm
Instead of whining we need to keep pressure on the REPUBLICANS in congress to do the right thing for the whole country and not just the insane far right and NRA. They have pushed us around for far too long and have finally brought us dead babies to mourn. A majority of us want better gun control. Assault weapons are not hunting guns and should not be in anyone hands in the public. No one is trying to take away all guns. But these have to go. Don't give up, make your voices heard, make sure they are aware that if they don't vote to outlaw these weapons of mass destruction they will loose votes and be removed from office.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:49 pm
Who's failure will it be?
 

Lois Jordan (60)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:23 pm
Noted. What is wrong with Harry Reid? He's already waffling on the filibuster, and now can't confirm a vote for gun control. It's spineless, bought-and-paid-for Dems who are letting us down. Since my Rep. was also shot at the Gabby Giffords townhall mtg., I'm sure he'll vote for regulations. Not so sure about my GOP Senators. We must all contact our Congress critters and urge them to support gun regulations...as well as making sure they're well funded. No watering-down, and no loopholes. Contact the Pres. at WhiteHouse.gov. and join DemandAPlan.org.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:24 pm
So David Anderson is saying hole up in your little hole and try to 'shoot 'em all' when they 'come to get you'. Luckily there are Americans who know about the 'rogue gov't' fear tactic, as well as what paranoia looks like.
Survivalist mentality is the most god awful low level type of neanderthal 'reasoning' a human being can engage in IMO.. .
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:26 pm
We have to keep pressure up on our centrist administration to ensure it will not compromise or cave in to right-wing bluster. The left needs to push harder to demand gun control now.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:29 pm
The only people whining are the ones who are about to lose their assault weapons.
 

Nancy L. (141)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 6:06 pm
Brian, are you as worried about the dead babies aborted everyday? Abortionist kill 1000 times more babies than guns ever have.

 

Michael Austin (51)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:03 pm
Abortionist kill 1000 times more babies than guns ever have.

Amen Nan. It's a sad world when people join a protest to take guns from law abiding citizens on their way to the abortion clinic.
Most of these folks don't have a clue how this is just another step closer to complete govt control. One line I read somewhere said it all, when Cain killed Able, they didn't outlaw bones. Guns are not the problem.
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:04 pm
Bloomberg is right "they" do need political courage, and Obama is right, and frank about it, he may not get what he wants. I credit him for saying so. It's better that all the smoke and bull that usually comes from these high places.
Obama wants something that "works," what a concept, apolitical pragmatist! Try telling the GOP to do something that works, rather than stonewall their way to the mental cesspool.

 

Nancy L. (141)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:21 pm
So true Michael. If Obama really cared about the safety of our children he would be placing plain clothed, armed guards at our schools and removing the "Gun Free Zone" targets off our campuses.
 

Carol Dreeszen (359)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:47 pm
If Obama is admitting that his plan might not pass then by gum maybe...just maybe he is waking up and seeing realism at it's finest!! Not everyone in this country is blind or asleep or lacks the common sense to be able to see what works and what don't!! I would love to see any of these anti gun people have a criminal break into their house with family there in the middle of the night and WISH they had a gun...it's sad but true...that is the ONLY way it's going to happen in order to get some people to wake up and see it's not the guns or the responsible gun owners...it's the criminals and the ones with a screwed up mind that needs mental help BEFORE anything like this happens! Now THAT is SAD!!!! By the way...I just read an article yesterday where a woman was going to go and have an abortion because her baby had possible mental problems along with others..and they gave her an ultrasound and she saw her baby smile!! That did it for her...she refused the abortion and had the baby and it died about 8 hrs after it was born. She said she was glad she made the decision she did because that child had a right to live no matter how long he lived and they were prepared to take care of that child whatever the case!! What a woman!
 

Carol Dreeszen (359)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:50 pm
Noted. What is wrong with Harry Reid? He's already waffling on the filibuster, and now can't confirm a vote for gun control.

Besides the fact he is now in a heap of trouble for buying off somebody so they would not have to pay a fine or something..can't remember the whole story now but I hope they NAIL HIM!!! He is a criminal just like Obama!
 

Darlene K. (361)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 9:25 pm
It greatly saddens me to see the massive assault guns sales going on in this nation...
I am all about PEACE, which has no place for assault weapons. However, it is becoming very challenging to continue embracing HOPE in humanity.
I see more disturbing behaviors within our culture than our leaders, politicians, or gun lobby.
I will continue to take action in all ways that I can to decrease or eliminate assault weapons from our society. I will continue to bond with my community in positive and productive ways for the WHOLE. I deny and ignore the FEAR that I see instilled within so many...., and I will continue to embrace HOPE..., somehow..., someway....
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:14 pm
i see the gun lovers are trying to infect care2 with their bloody propaganda.
 

. (1)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:49 pm
Nan, Michael A & Carol Dreeszen: Please cite facts for the figures cited, references for the numbers you state. Should you seriously consider your talking points worth consideration, please respect your readers enough to provide details with your discussion. Otherwise, the reason for your post becomes unclear & the impression conveyed is you are only on this site to troll for the NRA.
 

Nimue Pendragon (324)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:59 am
Noted.
 

Nancy L. (141)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:08 am
Nearly 50 Million Abortions Have Been Performed in U.S. Since Roe v. Wade Decision Legalized Abortion in 1973

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/nearly-50-million-abortions-have-been-performed-us-roe-v-wade-decision-legalized



 

Nancy L. (141)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:30 am
That article was written in 2011. That would mean in the 38 years between 1973 and 2011 there would have had to have been 1,315,789 deaths of children by guns per year to equal deaths by abortion.

I'm fairly certain that if there were 1,315,789 deaths of babies by guns we would have heard about it. Don't you???
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:00 am
What the heck does abortion have to do with killing people with guns? Only in a Christian fundie convoluted mind it does. Like Nan L, , Carol D., Michael A. are. Probably hate Obama I'm sure because he's what, the anti-Christ? Or at least not a 'real' Christian and one of those Mooz---lems?
Tell you what Nan L., post your own anti-abortion C2NN stories if you really have any guts.
 

John Gregoire (282)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:53 am
Obama has aboslutely nothing to lose. So, why doesn't he act swiftle by Executive Orders and institute a whole bunch of measures?????? Yes, some will be fought in court and some may one day be declared unconstitutional. In the intervening years that this would take we would have a beginning at a new non-gun culture. get a set of brass ones Mr. POTUS.
 

Gloria picchetti (302)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:00 am
It is not President Obama's fault we live in a nation of idiots with guns.
 

Nancy L. (141)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:20 am
I was answering someone Kenneth. If you don't like my posts don't read them.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:31 am
The headline for this article is pure crap!. The President did not say at any point that he would fail, he said Congress would fail. Aside from two major facts 1) The President of the USA neither writes nor passes legislation and more importantly the House Repug/Tea Bagged Majority doe not believe in government and sure as hell has not governed for any one but the Rich. 77% of the Red State Welfare Queen Repug Reps. voted against the second Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Bill. The House Majority has scheduled itself to have HALF OF THE WORKING DAYS OFF, there are 3 months where they are scheduled to work only 8 F'ING DAYS. And their Repug cohorts in the Senate have filibustered even their own Bills if Obama even hinted that he remotely liked the idea. The Senate has REFUSED to confirm any Appointment of a head for the ATF for SIX DAMN YEARS.
As for the use of Executive Orders to fix in any meaningful way the Gun Regulation problem that has turned American Streets, Schools and work places into Killing Fields there is only minimal band aids. Hell we can not even have informed discussions about the reality of Gun Violence in the US because in 2006 just before they lost control of the House and Senate the Repugs passed laws Banning gathering nearly all information related to gun violence and the information that can still be gathered CAN NOT be released to the Public.
There is also the fact that the LIE about the power of the NRA and other Gun Lobby groups is crap promoted by the NRA et alia, the Repugs and the Media that simply does not stand up to close inspection. The NRA had an 8% success rate in the 2012 election combining both their success in electing or opposing thelectionon of candidates. The NRA always boast their 4 Million membership, which is less than 3% of American Voters, it is ONE TENTH the 40 Million Membership of AARP. Now add in the fact that 74% of NRA members DO NOT AGREE with the NRA opposition to Universal background checks, banning extended clips or assault weapons, which pretty much matches the numbers of ALL Americansns the Disagree with the stated NRA position.
Then there is the continued ignoring by far too many of THE FIRST FOUR WORDS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT; "A WELL REGULATED MILITIA...." aside from the fact that there is no longer any need for a citizens militia well regulated means the Government and in particular the President of the USA Commander in Chief of the US Military has the right to regulate that militia and that would include how they are armed!
 

Diane O. (193)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:22 pm
There's talk of starting impeachment proceedings if Obama tries to step on the Second Amendment. Only problem with that is that the country would be stuck with ole gaffe Joe. Let's see....frick or frack?
 

Diane O. (193)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 2:46 pm
Lloyd, you don't seem to know the "real" Obama. He wants it ALL. He's the Constitutional INSTRUCTOR...although he likes it when liberals post that he was a professor of constitutional law...so he knows the Constitution. Normally that would be great on someone's resume. But, in this case, Obama as President appears to be hell bent on circumventing the constitution....it's like a game to him breaking down the system.

Republicans have had enough and so have nearly 50% of Americans. Do you know how to say "impeachment?" I hope Obama goes there.....someone needs to yank his chain really hard this time and stop the destruction of our country.
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 3:14 pm
If the man truly believes in stricter legislation, fight for what you supposedly believe in. For God's sake, stand up for something and see it through. Right away, Obama is blaming Congress for his possible failing.
He has the country on his side on this issue, and most people in the Congress would be behind him with a PLAN.
A month after the Connecticut shootings, and Obama is already hinting at defeat. As sad as Obama is, Biden apparently has less of a clue.
 

Diane O. (193)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 3:20 pm
Obama is purely political. Has to feed his arrogant personality. He doesn't know how to solve problems. He knows how to thump his chest and blame blame blame.

We all know that banning guns is not going to stop mentally deranged people. Not going to happen. What Obama should do is encourage the states to put armed guards at all schools. Obama's daughters go to the Sidwell school and they have 11 soon to be 12 armed guards. Any problems at Sidwell? Not to my knowledge.

Obama really doesn't have the majority of Americans behind him on gun control, Allan. The majority of Americans stand firm with the Constitution.
 

David Anderson (75)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 9:27 pm

Kenneth L. (279) Luckily there are Americans who know about the 'rogue gov't' fear tactic, as well as what paranoia looks like.

OK, you must be incredibly brave or else incredibly stupid. I, for one, do not like passed and signed legislation that provides for my indefinite detention without any due process whatsoever, especially with a president who as openly defined me as his enemy merely for living within my rights as a citizen of the republic. You, sir, are what Lenin aptly called a useful idiot. Hopefully, for your sake, the republic will be mended before you are reclassified as a 'useless eater'.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:30 pm
I oppose any ban whatsoever. We have too many dumb laws as it is. Yes that means we should buy assault weapons,pistols,etc. Yes it is the consumer's choice. You are not me and I am not you. I choose the best weapons for me not you. Not some politician. I oppose gun control because I enjoy the freedom of my residence and the defense thereof. If you do not want to defend yourself that is your choice.
 

Lynn Squance (230)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:49 pm
"Democrats in conservative states fear that supporting it could end their careers."

Careers or lives? Which is more important? I say lives!

It is time that the Democrats stop waffling. Harry Reid, grow a big pair of brass ones and quit waffling on an assault weapon ban, and on the filibuster reform. You are caving. Show some commitment to right actions, courage, and commitment.

I don't think there is a lack of commitment in Mr Obama's case, but with a recalcitrant and obstructive House, getting anything done has proven almost impossible. And Mr Obama, don't back away from your "I will not negotiate" on the debt ceiling.

It is time that the blood thirsty Republican/Teabaggers learned their place --- the unemployment line!
 

jo M. (3)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:07 am
I think many Democrats fear supporting it because they don't believe in it to begin with. Those in conservative states would probably be betraying their constituents and would deserve to end their careers, although I suspect if they were elected in conservative states that they hold similiar views to begin with.
 
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