This news story from Newsmax is interesting when you read between the lines. After you read the story, pay attention to the highlighted parts I commented on below the story.
President Barack Obama will introduce a package of proposals to cut gun violence tomorrow, including a ban on sales of assault weapons that already faces fierce opposition in Congress even as a majority of the public supports it.
The administration has invited lawmakers to the White House for an announcement on gun violence at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow, according to a Senate aide, who asked for anonymity because the schedule hasn’t been released.
Obama will also ask for universal background checks for firearms buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, according to administration officials who asked for anonymity to discuss details before the event.
Initiatives to strengthen mental-health checks, tighten school safety, address cultural influences such as violent movies and video games, and improve the government’s ability to collect information about gun violence, are also on the list, according to the officials.
The plan will include 19 separate steps Obama could take through executive action, prompting complaints from Republicans that the president will abuse the authority of his office to monitor gun owners and restrict their rights.
Obama, speaking yesterday on the one-month anniversary of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six school employees, said some of his proposals may not become law.
“We’re going to have to come up with answers that set politics aside — and that’s what I expect Congress to do,” Obama told reporters at a White House news conference. “Will all of them get through this Congress? I don’t know. But what’s uppermost in my mind is making sure I’m honest with the American people and Congress about what I think will work.”
Congressional Democrats shared the president’s skepticism. They warned that passing gun legislation will be difficult with lawmakers mired in a debate over government spending, deficit reduction and raising the country’s $16.4 trillion debt limit.
“How far the shift in attitudes will go on gun-violence prevention remains to seen, in part because there are other competing initiatives that the president is pursuing,” said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who’s dedicated much of his time to working on the gun issue since the Dec. 14 shootings.
Reinstating an expired 1994 assault-weapons ban, administration officials have indicated, will be among the most difficult to pass, given opposition from gun-rights groups and their allies on Capitol Hill.
“The likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault-weapons ban through this Congress,” David Keene, the president of the National Rifle Association, said Jan. 13 in an interview with CNN.
While allies expressed support for the White House plans, some Democrats urged the president to take a narrower approach, concentrating on expanding background checks and limiting high- capacity ammunition magazines, proposals that even many gun owners back.
Support for banning high-capacity magazines has reached a new high, at 65 percent, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday. The survey has tracked the issue since early 2011.
Requiring background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows has the support of 88 percent of Americans, while 58 percent want to ban the sale of assault weapons, the poll found. Fifty- five percent back the NRA’s call for armed guards in schools.
“We really need to prioritize what we do,” said Representative Mike Thompson, a California Democrat who is chairman of a House panel on gun violence.
The Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School pushed the issue of gun violence to the top of the president’s agenda in his second term.
Obama is reviewing proposals gathered by Vice President Joe Biden, who spent decades in the Senate working on gun restrictions and was appointed by the president to lead an administration-wide effort to craft a policy response.
Yesterday, Biden met with the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, a group of House Democrats, including Representative Ron Barber of Arizona, who was wounded in the same shooting that injured former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, also an Arizona Democrat, and Thompson, a gun owner.
Thompson, along with a number of Democrats including California Senator Barbara Boxer, encouraged the administration to include measures on school safety, such as funding more police officers in public schools and installing classroom doors that lock from the inside.
The meeting was one of several the vice president hosted with stakeholders in the gun debate, including victims groups as well as the NRA.
Once the president releases his recommendations, the focus will shift to Congress, where a number of members are already planning to offer legislation. Among them is Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who has said she will introduce a bill expanding the classification of assault weapons and prohibiting their sale and importation.
Biden has told lawmakers that the administration intends to use White House powers to act on new policies, saying officials have gathered a list of measures that can be taken without congressional approval.
Those options have invited opposition from Republicans, who maintain the president is overreaching the power of his office. Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican, said he’d file articles of impeachment if the president uses executive actions to restrict gun rights.
“The president’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger,” he said in a statement.
Much of the challenge in the Congress stems from the wide reach of the NRA, both in terms of campaign contributions and its grassroots network.
Forty-seven percent of the members of the House received funding from the NRA’s political action committee in their most recent race, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based group that tracks political giving.
One of the NRA’s top recipients, with $64,000 in contributions over his career, is Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican. Sessions will serve as chairman of the House Rules Committee, giving him authority over which legislation gets to the House floor for a final vote.
While most of the NRA’s contributions are small — the average PAC contribution in the House was $2,390 — it keeps a scorecard that rates lawmakers’ votes. Its 4 million members serve as a powerful grassroots network that targets lawmakers who disagree with its positions.
Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor who advised then-President Bill Clinton during the 1993 Crime Bill and 1994 assault weapons ban, urged Obama to limit the congressional debate and seek to achieve as many measures as possible through executive actions.
“Whatever you can do administratively, clear the table, man,” said Emanuel, during an address in Washington yesterday. “Don’t allow a side issue to derail these things.”
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“. . . faces fierce opposition in Congress even as a majority of the public supports it.”
What is the purpose of the “elected” members of Congress? To do whatever the hell they please or to serve the wishes of their constituents? They SERVE the public; the public does not SERVE THEM! They are supposed to REPRESENT US, not snub their noses at us and do whatever the hell they want. This is exactly what is wrong with the lawyers, the attorneys, the arrogant rich asses who are sitting in positions in Congress. They are giving the nation, the American people, the middle finger and doing what they want to do based on the Political Action Committees who buy Congressional votes. Read more below about PACs.
“. . . the president will abuse the authority of his office . . .” President has already abused the office of president numerous times in his first four years in the White House with the scores of executive orders he issued. His wife also has abused her position as the First Wife by raping the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers by using millions of dollars to pay for her 16 vacations. She is the first black wife of a president, and the first wife of a president in history to take 16 vacations. She has absolutely raped taxpayers and their money. Irresponsible behavior! It’s like giving her a Walmart card with 20 million dollars of taxpayer credit and spending it all on herself with no guilty conscience at all! I am not surprised.
Obama said, “. . . I’m honest with the American people and Congress. . .” Yeah, right. He is as honest with people as the Sahara is a wetland. I doubt he has an honest bone in his body. There are way too many instances of dubious truth, even lies, in his past. Take for instance his claim he never met Illinois governor Blachovich. Read my blog post about that and see what a liar he is.
“. . . raising the country’s $16.4 trillion debt limit.” Didn’t I post previously that Obama continues to spend and wants to continue to spend and spend and spend some more? This guy is a freak when it comes to spending other people’s money! He is not going to stop spending. He won’t cut spending either, except in the smallest ways. He’s got to keep giving his voters, especially the deadbeat ones, little gifts to ensure they keep voting for him. Then his wife goes on 16 vacations making us pay for them. How many vacations will she take during her husband’s second term? More than 16? Are the Obama’s going to pay for them all? HELL NO! WE are.
Assault Weapons — the only people who need assault weapons are people who are going to assault. Private citizens have no need to assault; soldiers do. Only the military, only soldiers have a need for assault weapons. Who the hell is gonna assault a deer? You gonna assault a rabbit? Anyone want to assault doves during season?
Hey, you poops in Congress. Read this twice: “Requiring background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows has the support of 88 percent of Americans, while 58 percent want to ban the sale of assault weapons.” Is this too difficult for you morons to understand?
“. . . the president is overreaching the power of his office. . .” NO SHIT?! Is this the first time? Only if you haven’t been keeping up with the news the past four years.
“The president’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office . . .” He’s been violating his oath since his first day in office.
“Forty-seven percent of the members of the House received funding from the NRA’s political action committee . . .” << POLITICIANS FOR SALE! You can buy a politician if you have enough money. What would be another name for a politician you can buy? PROSTITUTE MAYBE?
“Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor urged Obama to achieve as many measures as possible through executive actions.” Ah, another fine example of a crooked, self-serving, dishonest, prostitute we call a politician. Another ass.
Holy God in Heaven, this country took a wrong turn four years ago and now it is so far down the road it is probably impossible to find its way back to the high road. The road is leading to the gates of Hell and Obama, his wife, and all the politicians who support Obama are leading the way to the gates.
The greatness of the United States is a thing of history. I pity the young Americans who have never had the pleasure of knowing its greatness. They will only read about it in history books, hear about it in films, and both online.
Good night, America.
- White House Assault Weapons Ban Drawing Opposition (bloomberg.com)
- NRA Says Congress Will Not Pass Weapons Ban (abcnews.go.com)
- NRA unleashes lobbyists (politico.com)
- Obama weighing executive action on gun control (cbc.ca)
- Obama backs gun limits, concedes tough fight ahead – The Seattle Times (seattletimes.com)
- White House pledges to use campaign operation to push gun measures (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- NRA president predicts assault weapons ban won’t pass Congress – @thehill (thehill.com)
- Obama: I Can Take Steps Against Guns without Congress (kennethshepherd.wordpress.com)
- Obama to unveil gun violence measures Wednesday – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Impeachmentum: Reagan AG Says Obama Can Be Impeached Over Guns (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)