Obama Takes a First Step on Gun Control After Sandy Hook

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Charles Dharapak / AP

President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement on Dec. 19, 2012, in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, about policies he will pursue following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the White House would submit new gun-control proposals to Congress next month and pledged to “use all the powers of this office” to identify and promote new polices to address the scourge of gun violence.

Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to head up a task force of Cabinet members, members of Congress and outside organizations, which will comb through existing gun-control proposals, devise new ones and submit a “very specific” set of proposals to Congress in January.

Obama did not offer details about what the proposals would contain, but he noted that he had chosen Biden — who was the White House’s point person on the stimulus package and has served as a liaison to Congress on tricky topics — partly because he had a hand in crafting the 1994 crime bill that outlawed assault weapons. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has vowed to reintroduce a bill to ban assault weapons, which President George W. Bush let lapse, when Congress returns in January.

It was the third time Obama has spoken publicly about gun violence since 26 victims were massacred inside a Connecticut elementary school last week, and the first time he has outlined concrete steps to address the issue. A handful of NRA-backed Democrats have issued statements telegraphing openness to new restrictions on gun rights. But despite Obama’s pledges to tackle the problem — and a broad public outcry that has stirred optimism that the mass shooting might breathe life into dormant gun-control legislation — there are formidable forces arrayed against him.

Republicans still hold a majority in the House for the next two years, and there are enough gun-rights votes to stall a bill in the Senate. To move a bill, Obama will require the support of lawmakers from both parties who have felt beholden to the gun lobby or at least lacked the will to challenge it. The White House will also have to grapple with powerful gun-rights groups directly. In keeping with its traditional response to mass shootings, the NRA has said little since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, except to issue a statement pledging “to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

Seeking to sidestep a backlash from the NRA, Obama reaffirmed his belief in the Second Amendment and said he would seek common ground with the “vast majority” of responsible gun owners. “There is a big chunk of space between what the Second Amendment means and having no rules at all,” he said. Asked about the clout of the gun lobby, which has often cowed lawmakers into backing down on the divisive topic, Obama said, “The NRA is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers, and I would expect that they’ve been impacted by this is as well.”

Obama promised that the task force was not merely a symbolic gesture. Washington has a not-so-storied tradition of promising change, assembling a blue-ribbon panel to untangle a knotty problem and then quietly bowing to the forces of inertia once the public’s attention locks onto another topic. “This is not some Washington commission,” Obama said, effectively acknowledging that it sounds like one. “This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside … This is a team that has a very specific task: to pull together real reforms, right now.”

The President eschewed gun-control during his first term, and while he has said he supports a ban on assault weapons (“weapons of war,” he called them on Wednesday) and pointed to better mental-health-care practices as part of the solution, it is an open question what new kinds of proposals he would support. When a reporter buttonholed him about his inaction on gun control during his presidency, Obama rattled off the litany of challenges that have preoccupied him. “I haven’t exactly been on vacation,” he said.

Obama said he would use his State of the Union address next month to keep the country’s focus on the topic, in an effort to keep the spotlight on as Congress takes up the tricky issue. “It won’t be easy,” he admitted. “But that can’t be an excuse not to try.”

858 comments
jweav2002
jweav2002

Obama as commander in chief you should know "weapons of war" and assault weaspons are ALREADY ILLEGAL idiot. Stop inferring single shot guns with magazines  which may be decked out with lots of cool accessories as "assault weapons". You do this deliberatly and behind your criminal defense missleading media keep getting away with it. At some point the media will be forced to unveil you for the fool you think we are. We have been threratened with thermonuclear war by a lunatic leader with the ability to clean our clocks with just ONE nuclear strike and you remain silent on the issue! Where is our commander In Chief? We know where our snokered VP is. Out making a fool og himself.

jweav2002
jweav2002

He has been on vacation, are you kidding yourself obama. Four vacations since the begging of this year. Huge parties on our dime. Who do you think you are? Your spending of tax money on your hedonistic idulgments reveals your whole family to be callus greedy self-aggrandizing assess. Muchelle hired here two kids fort $10,000 each as aides during the vacations they took. All in different destinations tripling the costs to taxpayers.

Using grieving families AGAIN for political gain by having them replace you - not join you- but replace you in addressing congress on gun control issues is one of the most egregious cowardly things I have ever witnessesd. You are a despicable coward, you have zero respect from me and millions more. . The lives of our people in  Bengasi people were thrown under the bus and murdered and though you find the money to throw huge parties at the people's WHITE HOUSE, there is NO money to pay the way for the mother of the Navy Seal who died at Bengasi (talk show host Sean Hannity) is paying for her and a needed companion to be able to be at her son's award ceremony. How cheap and cruel you are. You are a real detrement to your race - the race of Mankind in general.

JeffCombs
JeffCombs

Why dont they make a file of ballistics for guns before there sold, so they have the guns fingerprint on file for furture use ? criminal cases !

dontn123
dontn123

"In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.,Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws.


A number of Jewish groups have indicated that they will back a gun control bill proposed Monday by Jewish Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the first since the Newtown shooting. It would ban more than 100 assault weapons and ammunition clips that contain more than 10 rounds.
Feinstein helped draft the last iteration of an assault weapons ban, in 1994. It lapsed in 2004, after the National Rifle Association fought against its renewal.
Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that his group is assembling a coalition that would be ready to act once the right legislation comes along.

Saperstein told JTA in an interview. “When the parents across America start crying out for effective action, if there's religious leadership, it will galvanize the community to create the moral demand that moves toward sensible legislation.”
Staff at the RAC, the locus in the Jewish community for gun control initiatives in past decades, spent Monday reaching out to other Jewish leaders, as well as to leaders of other faith communities.
B'nai B'rith International on Monday demanded the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs circulated a petition through its constituent Jewish community relations councils that calls for "meaningful legislation to limit access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, aggressive enforcement of firearm regulations."
The National Council of Jewish Women, which has also taken a leading role in the Jewish community on gun control initiatives in the past, announced its support Tuesday for the Feinstein legislation and for legislation proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would tighten background checks. The NCJW has in the past mobilized a grassroots network of activists to push for gun control legislation. “We support her bill.”
The United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly on Monday called not only for a ban on assault weapons, but for longer purchase times, deeper background checks, coding ammunition for identification and banning online sales of ammunition.
In addition to Feinstein and Schumer, a number of other Jewish lawmakers have also weighed in. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who in the next Congress will be the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement that “expressions of sympathy must be matched by concrete actions.”
Jewish Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who is retiring, expressed support for an assault weapons ban and proposed a national commission on mass shootings. In addition to banning assault weapons, Jewish groups are also seeking broader initiatives to address violence.

“We will back any legislation that bans assault weapons and the ammunition as well as giving families what they need to treat individuals with a proclivity toward violence,” said Turnbull, a former vice-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. “I think this will be the ‘big idea,’ that the president is not going to limit the conversation to just guns."
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=296498

Why build alliances that they already have due to FAITH and ANCESTRY BACK GROUNDS? NO MORE TALK ABOUT THE NRA. How many JEWS are in these groups?

Video about ZIONIST - Jewish Gun Grabbers in America these Jews are also responsible for schools being gun free why would they do that and make schools wide open to criminals:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgPZ-9Q8T4U

dontn123
dontn123

Something evil part 2 being played out on the heart strings of the public? Watch this video about Sandy Hook
http://youtu.be/dvq2zABOtL8

CAUGHT why would they do this kind of acting?

dontn123
dontn123

King Obama and IRONY or is it hypocrites

"Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact.
The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak.
If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point.
The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC's David Gregory send their kids to Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren't used (and weren't even allowed).
Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own. His children sit under the protection guns afford, while the children of regular Americans are sacrificed."
The 11 guards are in addition to Secret Service details
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daughters-Attend-Has-11-Armed-Guards-Not-Counting-Secret-Service

dontn123
dontn123

" No Guns for Negros

In much the same way, gun control has historically been a tool of racism, and associated with racist attitudes about black violence. Similarly, many gun control laws impinge on that most fundamental of rights: self-defense. Racism is so intimately tied to the history of gun control in America that we should regard gun control aimed at law-abiding people as a "suspect idea," and require that the courts use the same demanding standards when reviewing the constitutionality of a gun control law, that they would use with respect to a law that discriminated based on race."

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd02/cramer-racist-roots.htm

According to that people that want gun bans are RACIST

How about No Guns for JEWs?

"No Guns for Jews" is a major breakthrough and a potent weapon with tremendous potential to destroy “gun control” at this critical time in America, but millions must see it and take action! To that end follow these three simple steps —
1. Watch the film perhaps two or three times to fully appreciate its raw stopping power against Jewish "gun controllers" leading high profile 2A attacks.
2. Share it with everyone you come in contact with: every website, blogger, writer, commentator, gun owner, shooting club officer, lawmaker – Everyone!
3. Make a special effort to get a copy in the hands of your Rabbi, minister or other influential religious contacts, to arrange group showings.

No Guns for Jews exposes, the …
Dangerous stupidity and hypocrisy of Jewish "gun controllers".
Evils of those who use man’s law to subvert G-d’s self-defense laws.
Mental Illnesses distorting the minds and ethics of "gun controllers".
Suicidal Jewish support for the United Nations’ small arms treaty.
Jewish support for Nazi policies in American laws and regulations.
Biblical evidence calling for an armed citizenry and much, much more""

Jews for Preservation of Gun Ownership Link

http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z2/ngj-download-view.php

fitty_three
fitty_three

Oh, but wait, you NRA bozos!

The newest mass shooting involved a madman with a Bushmaster assault rifle! Just like the Sandy Hook shooter.

So hey, what now?  It doesn't count?  What about the shooting in Penn.  

Maybe you idjits need to wake up and realize that 15 mass shootings and 18,000 other deaths means only one thing:

There. Are. Too. Damn Many. Guns. On The. Street.. Ban assault rifles and tighten screening and eliminate loopholes.

Got it?

Look up "parsimony", too. 

dontn123
dontn123

I remember losing a brother mny years ago and no one in my family was smiling and joking the next day. Other families that have known were also severely emotional for week months and even years later......except these which were filmed by news teams...these are actual reported peole at Sandy Hook that lost family the day before.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QVKu4_JxcE&feature=youtu.be


Shall we mention the fake crying from OBAMA?

Ralph
Ralph

"To move a bill, Obama will require the support of lawmakers from both parties who have felt beholden to the gun lobby or at least lacked the will to challenge it."

Leave it to the left wing media to come up with a statement like this. Could anyone actually be thinking about the constitution and the stripping of our constitutionally guaranteed rights as they vote for or against things?

Actually, TIME is correct. they didn't think of our rights when they voted for "The Patriot Act" or HR1540. Why would they think of them now.

j45ashton
j45ashton

According to a recent poll, 70% of NRA members do NOT support assault weapons, extended magazines & unchecked sales at gun shows.  Why the hell politicians fear a membership of 1.2 million people is beyond me...but just marks most of them as nothing but self-seeking cowards.  I don't expect to convince any of the 1.2 million NRA members of the abject stupidity of supporting assault weapons, extended magazines & unchecked sales at gun shows any more than I'd expect to convince a 6 year old that eating 2 gallons of ice cream in 10 minutes would make him sick.  This isn't a matter of debate.  It's a simple matter of authority.  Keep your hunting rifles & normal clip handguns.  Assault weapons & extended magazines should be banned.  Unchecked sales at gun shows banned.  The laws need to changed and enforced.  End of story.  And yes, Wayne LaPierre is crazy.  Crazy, warped & completely mentally & emotionally disturbed.  

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

So. Just in time for Christmas!!!

Two more NRA-Terrorist murders!!!!

This time two firefighters.

No doubt the insane LaPierre will now say the solution is police protection for Firefighters!!!

The solution is to outlaw ALL firearms for ALL persons, except military and police.

Two more reasons the NRA Murder Machine is going down this time!

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

@dontn123  

Maybe gay sex isn't for you.  Why don't you try heterosexual sex?

Or have you had sex of any sort?

dontn123
dontn123

@53_3  Typical of the PRESS when they have an AGENDA to PUSH....I am surprised they are not reporting every cap gun or toy gun fired since Christmas.......in case you didn't know the killer was a recently released felon that had been reported to beat his grand mother to death with a hammer.

Let's see how hard the LIBERALS can go to getting the next killer out of jail to do some more damage.  What about them matches he used to start the fire which reportedly killed his sister?   Lets ban guns, matches and hammers.


fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123  

There's only one assumption I can make after your comment below.

You've got a hate problem.  

I don't think you should be allowed anywhere near a real firearm.

dontn123
dontn123

@j45ashton   

On December 17, 2012, Senator Feinstein announced the key provisions of the bill she intends to introduce. The proposed legislation will ban the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of over 100 specific firearms. Also banned will be certain named semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can use a detachable magazine, as well as fixed magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.

The sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of other ammunition feeding devices that can accept more than 10 rounds will also be banned."

http://www.decodedscience.com/new-assault-weapons-ban-no-gun-seizure/22871

You better read it and read it well for more then 100 different guns Many Many Many More then just AR15.....it is hand guns, shot guns, and rifles, so on.... Wake Up


Why do so many Jews like Feinstein and Bloomberg want to get rid of all fire arms?  Why when they know that is what Germany did to Jews right before WW2 began?  Have the tables turned and the JEWS are gonna try and wipe out the gentiles?


dontn123
dontn123

@Marky_D_Sodd   hahhaha you are so blind.....the killer was a recently released felon that had been jailed for murdering his grandmother with a hammer.

Who knows the gun maybe the EXACT one used at Sandy Hook.  What about the matches?

Ralph
Ralph

@Marky_D_Sodd, Did you also hear that the murderer was a criminal out of prison? Did you hear that there was a dispute between him and his mother and he killed her also?

I guess you must have not heard that part or it just didn't fit your agenda for railing against guns. There is plenty reason to place additional restrictions on firearms without trying to skew any stories to fit an agenda that you are pursuing. Keep the discussion real and more people will rise to the cause. If you fill the conversation with half-truths the people that want NO restrictions will win the argument.

I like the idea that there will be more looking at the mental health aspect of this issue. It appears that there is a link between the mental health of the mass murderers and access to firearms.

dontn123
dontn123

@j45ashton @dontn123   NO


Something is NOT RIGHT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKWgCRBR5qE

I remember losing a brother mny years ago and no one in my family was smiling and joking the next day. Other families that have known were also severely emotional for week months and even years later......except these which were filmed by news teams...these are actual reported peole at Sandy Hook that lost family the day before.....

Another link to More about Something is NOT RIGHT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QVKu4_JxcE&feature=youtu.be

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

@dontn123 @53_3  

the First Amendment was not used by the NRA as an excuse to murder 20 children in Connecticut.


THE NRA IS GOING DOWN!!!!

 REPEAL THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!!

 STOP THE NRA MURDER OF CHILDREN!!!!

j45ashton
j45ashton

@dontn123 @j45ashton I don't think I've ever seen a post so blatantly disgusting.  As far as I'm concerned, you make my case.  There's no reasoning with people like you.  The changes have to be a matter of authority & law.  Then you can barricade yourself in your home & wait for the attack from the government that's never ever going to come. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

I know why you don't like being screened:

You wouldn't pass....

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

@dontn123 @Marky_D_Sodd 

I used to be a RepubliKKKan and an NRA Terrorist. 

Then I realized there is an easy answer to the problems caused by the NRA Terrorists that have been enabled by the RepubliKKKan politicians they have bought: a ban on all firearms except those used by police and military. No need to obsess over what is already out there.  

-Ban all private ownership of firearms.  

-Non-military/police citizens found to have firearms are committing an actionable felony for which they go to prison.  

-Any firearm owned by a non-military/police citizen, which is "lost" or "stolen" and subsequently used in the commission of a crime shares criminal responsibility for the crime in which it was used.  

-Any firearm owned by a non-military/police citizen which is "lost" or "stolen" and subsequently used in ANY way that results in the death of another person(s) shares the same criminal liability for murder as the person using the gun.  

That should cover any issues about what is already out there. Personal responsibility/liability. 

THE NRA MURDER-MACHINE IS GOING DOWN THIS TIME!!!!!!

REPEAL THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123

I worry more about someone like you deciding to take some form of action based on what you believe about Jews.

Much more...

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

@Ralph @Marky_D_Sodd    

We hear the staccato bursts of semi-automatic fire echoing off the walls of a supposed place of safety. We register not only the terror but the bewilderment on the faces of tiny survivors as they are marched, hands on the shoulders of kids in front of them, from the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Last week's Newtown, Conn. massacre reminds us that America is emphatically not, as President Obama and the rest of us would wish it to be, "better than this."

Indeed, we are the only First World nation that has routinized a failed response to gun violence -- weak, craven, ineffectual. It's not that other parts of the world are immune from "rampage violence." It's just that when it does happen those other countries tend to take action while the U.S. dithers, continuing to far outstrip the rest of the developed world in rates of mass murder.

In keeping with a tradition of both public and private grieving, we light our candles and gather to weep with others on street corners and in houses of worship. We cry tears into the sink as we rinse out our coffee mugs, or transfer clothes from washer to dryer. We write editorials, such as this one, bemoaning the "gun culture," inadequate laws and controls, and our society's failure to help, or at least protect us from, those suffering dangerous forms of mental illness.

Then, for those of us who did not lose our own children, we return inexorably to the habits of daily living. With absolutely nothing accomplished.

We are in denial about our duty to stop gun violence. We're awed by what we stupidly perceive to be the power of the National Rifle Association, -- a stupid perception exposed after the ranting, demented performance of Wayne LaPierre --and the political clout of those RepubliKKKan members of congress whose loyalty has been purchased by the NRA.

 

So we wait. We wait for the next slaughter, knowing it will surely come. Nothing has changed, nothing will change. Not unless we resolve to become, in the president's aspirational words, "better than this."

How do we accomplish that? Through repeal of the Second Amendment—which made sense when it was written but makes no sense now--

THE NRA MURDER-MACHINE IS GOING DOWN THIS TIME!!!!!!

REPEAL THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!

 

 

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

I looked at your site.  Nice pic of your mom.

dontn123
dontn123

@Marky_D_Sodd @dontn123   Anyway we can get you and your kind to wear pink poke a dots on your clothing so you can be known for what you are when in public?  Can we get you and your kind to go to the slums and promote anti-gun with no protection?

See No guns for Negros at this Jewish Organized link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nckgyfGbdnU


Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

@dontn123 @Marky_D_Sodd @53_3 

"chip, chip, chip..."   You mean the way Reagan and his henchmen taught the Republikkkans to do?  No thank you.

 No, we will only remove or reform those parts of the government which have become dangerous because special groups like the NRA-Murder_Squad have abused them and made them dangerous for citizens.

dontn123
dontn123

@Marky_D_Sodd @dontn123 @53_3   why not get rid of everything to do with this GOVT ie Constitution, Bill of Rights and so on?  Get rid of the American flag too.  So what flag do you want to fly over this once great nation.?  Chip Chip Chip away at the stone if you must.

dontn123
dontn123

@53_3 @dontn123   boo whoo whooo JST pointing out more FACTS which should be obvious to the average person......boo whoooo whoooa 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123

Mental Illness, meet donte123.  donte123, this is mental illness.

I see you've met before...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123

Speech has consequences.

For every right, there is a responsibility. 

You wouldn't be f_galton, would you?  

And what are you whining about anyway, bigot?

dontn123
dontn123

@53_3  What about the First Amendment?  Ahahhaha  

fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123

I worry far more about you believing this hogwash, bigot, then deciding that it requires a 2nd Amendment solution.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@dontn123

Are they?  I hadn't noticed that Jews were anything but Americans.  I have no problem with Jews.

dontn123
dontn123

@53_3 are you a semite?  Booooo Whooo Whooo DonTN is using FACTS that YOU can't deal with....boo whooo whooooa

fitty_three
fitty_three

You know what an antisemite is, bozo?

dontn123
dontn123

@53_3 @dontn123   I only posted what is fact and the rest should be obvious  .......gee DonTN is not playing fair because he is pointing out the obvious and using facts....let's delete him what a cry baby you are.