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Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:11 am
Video credit: Washington Post)

President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

While no legislation can prevent every tragedy, he said in announcing the proposals, “if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Obama spoke in a White House ceremony to formally unveil the proposals and to sign executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people as well as to improve mental health and school safety programs.

The president also called on Congress to swiftly pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use and to require universal background checks for all gun buyers. Obama’s proposals include mental health and school safety measures, as well as a tough new crackdown on gun trafficking.

Taken together, the gun-control proposals rank among Obama’s most ambitious legislative projects, along with his fiscal stimulus package, his health-care law and Wall Street regulations — all achieved when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Administration officials said Wednesday that the proposals do not represent specific legislation. But they said that in the coming weeks, the White House would be working with members of a divided Congress to develop bills to implement as much of the package as possible.

Speaking before Obama, Vice President Biden said “we have a moral obligation” to diminish the prospect that tragedies such as last month’s massacre in an elementary school in Connecticut could happen again.

“I have no illusions about what we’re up against,” Biden said. But he added: “The world has changed, and it’s demanding action.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said his panel would begin examining gun-control measures in two weeks. “In our hearings, we will ensure an open forum for a constructive discussion about how we can better protect our communities from mass shootings, while respecting the fundamental right to bear arms recognized by the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. “As President Obama has made clear, no single step can end this kind of violence. But the fact that we cannot do everything that could help should not paralyze us from doing anything that can help.”

Administration officials said Obama’s agenda is comprehensive and is designed to curb not only mass shootings with semiautomatic weapons but the thousands of deaths from regular handguns that abound in America’s cities.

In an emotional ceremony one month and two days after the shooting that killed 20 small children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Obama was flanked by children who wrote him letters in the days after the massacre, pleading with him to do something to curb gun violence.

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Obama began by reading excerpts from the letters written by some of the children who appeared with him on the stage.

“This is our first task as a society,” he said, “keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change.”

Obama vowed that “in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds” to make his proposals a reality.

One of the administration’s top priorities is strengthening background checks by closing loopholes in existing law.

“Too often, irresponsible and dangerous individuals have been able to easily get their hands on firearms,” the White House said in a fact sheet describing Obama’s proposals. “We must strengthen our efforts to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.” It said an estimated 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exempt from a federal requirement to check the buyer’s background.

“We should have a system where everybody has to get a background check,” said a senior administration official. “The best analogy that experts talked to us about in our meetings is that it wouldn’t make any sense at the airports to have two lanes — one where if you go to a licensed dealer you go through the metal detector and if you go to a private sale there’s no metal detector at all. This is an attempt to get everybody through the system.”

Obama’s plan also includes reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban, restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, getting rid of armor-piercing bullets, ending a freeze on research into gun violence and providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime. It calls on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals,” according to the White House fact sheet.

The plan also aims to make schools safer, giving communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and school counselors.

Among the steps Obama is taking by executive action is the nomination of a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): Todd Jones, currently the agency’s acting director.

Senior administration officials insisted to reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning that Obama was committed to using his political capital to press for “aggressive action” by Congress.

“I think that there’s no question that this is an area where it’s always a tough battle,” one official said. “It took a lot of work” to pass the 1994 law that banned assault weapons and the 1993 legislation, known as the Brady bill, that instituted federal background checks for gun purchases,” the official said. “But the American people are overwhelmingly supportive of these steps.... So we see a real opportunity to get something done here.”

Obama’s proposals are the product of a month-long, interagency task force led by Vice President Biden to study comprehensively the nation’s gun violence. The group, which included several Cabinet members, held 22 meetings with representatives of more than 220 organizations — including those representing law enforcement and faith leaders, activists against gun violence, gun rights advocates, sportsmen and members of the entertainment and video game industries.
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The task force group also spoke with more than 30 elected officials, Democrats and Republicans, who hold local, state and federal offices.

Among the executive actions Obama announced Wednesday were presidential memorandums requiring federal agencies to make relevant data available to the background-check system, ordering federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

The list also included a statement clarifying that the Affordable Care Act, his signature health-care initiative, “does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.”

Obama said further that the administration would provide law enforcement, first responders and school officials with “proper training for active shooter situations.”

At an annual trade show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association on Wednesday cast its opposition to Obama’s plans as “the fight of the century.”

“I warned you this day was coming, and now it’s here,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s fiery executive vice president, wrote in a fund-raising letter circulated at the 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known as the SHOT show. “It’s not about protecting your children. It’s not about stopping crime. It’s about banning your guns ... PERIOD!”

The NRA issued the letter a day after posting online a provocative video ad that labeled Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for letting armed guards protect his own school-aged children while expressing skepticism about an NRA proposal to put armed security in schools.

The White House on Wednesday blasted the video. “Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Washington Post that the ad was not directed at Malia and Sasha Obama.
****See VISIT SITE to view video****

By Philip Rucker and William Branigin, | The Washington Post |

Sari Horwitz in Las Vegas and Scott Wilson in Washington contributed to this report.

Sari Horwitz in Las Vegas and Scott Wilson in Washington contributed to this report.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:17 am

I realize this issue will bring forward many emotions and strong arguments on both sides of this issue. I ask only that as you read the article (watch the video) that you do please have consideration for the thoughts of others, when leaving your own comment. We can and should discuss this issue and still be respectful of one another's thoughts or ideas. Thank you.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:44 am
Kit, the link isn't working for me.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 11:25 am
Obama unveils gun control proposals-with video
there you go

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 11:28 am
indeed, it led to a WaPo search page before. Ok, Read and viewed. YES, there WILL BE a heated debate to follow, as I learned from White House reporting that it is mainly the DEMS from red states that disagree, more so than the rethugs, surprisingly.
I think the bill is good and sufficient. and what an OUTRAGE of LaPierre's new actions, my goodness!

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 2:19 pm
Yes, this will be a fight. No question about it.

How long will it take to get control policy initiated and done to get those automatic/semi-automatic weapons
out of circulation with the exception of the military and police.

Anybody person that has one of those weapons on their person should be arrested and automatically given
a 5 year prison sentence.

Ty, Kit.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 3:30 pm

Thanks Angie - the link was working just fine when I first submitted this - I make it habit to check the Visit Site links - so if you wish to view the video - than use the link Angie offered or the long way:

enter to browser:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:04 pm

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Azle B (17)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:35 pm
Disarm the government control agents first. there whould less power to attack the people than thte power the people have to attack the government.

David Anderson (72)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 9:18 pm
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
--William Pitt

This truth fits equally well when applied to any liberty we enjoy and any right we have enumerated in the Constitution. You may note that the only right not being infringed as the present to the best of my knowledge is the Third Amendment prohibition against being forced to quarter troops in our homes.

Norm C (74)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 9:21 pm
I suspect that the president missed one key element of this whole issue -- Bullets.

Guns don't kill many people. Bullets do. Without bullets, guns are just stupid clubs. I've never heard of a drive-by clubbing with an empty rifle or stoning by an empty pistol.

For my money the best way to prevent these slaughters and mutilations is to control the ammo. Background checks should be required to purchase ammo and reloading components every bit as much as the guns. Even if one is a felon, s/he can walk into any store and buy all the ammo one wishes for a gun bought years ago, before the felony conviction.

Ammo should be seriously taxed, something like $5 or $10 per round. The only exception would be to allow anyone to buy as much as s/he wished, tax-free, so long as s/he shot it up at a certified firing range.

Certain types of bullets ought to be banned completely. I'm talking about high velocity ammo like the .223. When it hits something a little bit solid, it starts to tumble and/or break up. The net effect is often the most horrible mutilations. You hit a bone in a finger, and the person loses everything below the wrist. That is one reason it can be hard to identify the bodies in these shootings. This combination of gun and ammo has no place in civilized society, not even for law enforcement.

Anyone who has ever gone hunting knows that you almost always get only one good clean shot at a deer, antelope or elk. Blasting off three or more shots is just plain stupid. So there is no need to use either large capacity clips or buy lots of ammo. (Shotguns for ducks and pheasants, etc. need more shells, but still not more than five in the gun at a time.)

It's the bullets that kill people.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 9:23 pm

Welcome back, Norm. I completely agree with your assessment.

David Anderson (72)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 9:39 pm

Jim Phillips (2832) Anybody person that has one of those weapons on their person should be arrested and automatically given
a 5 year prison sentence

Jim, are you telling us that you believe in imprisoning people for doing/possessing things that are perfectly legal?

Mary L (132)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:30 am
There is a great Atlantic Monthly article about how the NRA has been hijacked. don't know how to make this link sorry.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:24 am
Thom Hartmann had a great idea. Make it law to register all guns just like a car. Title and insurance. If you get hit by a car, you get money. if you get hit by a bullet, you get nothing. This is simple.

Tim C (2420)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 10:13 am
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