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Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January

Published: Wed, December 19, 2012 @ 7:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised today to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut.

Even before those proposals are drafted, Obama pressed lawmakers to reinstate a ban on military-style assault weapons, close loopholes that allow gun buyers to skirt background checks and restrict high-capacity ammunition clips.

"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said in his most detailed comments on guns since Friday's killing of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn. "The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence."

Gun-control measures have faced fierce resistance in Congress for years but that may be changing now because of last week's violence. Since then, Obama has signaled for the first time in his presidency that he's willing to spend political capital on the issue and some prominent gun-rights advocates on Capitol Hill — Democrats and Republicans alike — have expressed willingness to consider new measures.

Still, given the long history of opposition to tighter gun laws, there is no certainty the legislation Obama backed today or the proposals he will send to Congress next month will become law.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

They can't even sentence anyone to serious time for murdering someone what do you think that would do ?

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2DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What is his excuse for doing nothing in the "Fast and Furious" gun running to Mexican Drug Cartels and Benghazi gun running to Al-Queda?

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376Ytown(1339 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Which do you think has had a bigger role in the recent massacres in CT, CO, OR and AZ, mental illness or access to guns?

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4Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

76Ytown, I think the answer is 80/20 guns and please here me out.

First and foremost, I am a hunter who comes from a family of hunters. I grew up with shotguns and crossbows and fully stand by the right to own them. Now on to my answer...

Obviously it takes someone who is seriously disturbed to commit these crimes but to kill as many people as we've seen recently in such a short period of time (before the police or anyone else can intervene) is only achievable with access to high powered weaponry.

If one of these nutjobs (and I don't really care about being politically correct) could only get access to some sharp knives or a crossbow or even a just a standard hunting rifle or shotgun, the death toll would not be as high.

Unfortunately, in today's climate, any crazy moron can easily get handguns & assault rifles (I'm surprised we haven't seen grenades yet) and mow down scores of innocent people in minutes. I know tons of people in the Mahoning Valley who own pistols and even some idiots with AK-47s. They brag about these guns, they feel powerful shooting them and when I ask them what use these weapons serve, they hide behind the 2nd amendment.

It would be nice to see some laws created to address both issues of mental illness and gun control. Though I fear that too many dimwits in this country have already purchased (legally and illegally) so many handguns & machine guns that their mentally inept relatives can find them and wipe out whomever they'd like whenever they want. I hope some laws do get passed and it has a positive effect but I'm also cynical and feel like it may be too late.

Once an effective law is finally passed outlawing handguns or machine guns, the paranoid losers who carry them won't give them up without killing someone. Hopefully, it's just themselves.

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5Dvlschild(6 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

And of course we will not do anything about the violent games where killing is the main objective, no why would we address that. Lets just innundate the kids with this and sit back and wonder why when it happens? Criminals will get guns no matter what the laws, so they are just blowing smoke up someplace, this will not halt crime only make more victims!

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6uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Why is there any differentiation about guns?

A gun is a gun. Some just fire larger and faster.

The 2nd amendment isn't per se just guns. It is about armed citizens, think a distributed army capable of handling business and if proper overthrowing corrupt government.

There is no prohibition under the Constitution for someone owning an AK-47 or a thermonuclear bomb. Pretending like there is, is a distortion. It's activist courts, liberals and formerly socialists and communists trying to split hairs on this topic and water things down.

While the later obviously scares most people, I don't see why it is fine for the government itself to own these weapons but not the people. Isn't the military afterall made up of civilians? Or did the robots and foreign nationals all displace US citizens there too?

Screw you all. You are afraid of the American citizens. The same citizens that collectively rose up and beat the major armies of the world many times over.

I'd rather have a very well armed citizen population packing guns and some with them out in the open than live in a culture where victimization is the sad reality of just how it is.

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7excel(1251 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Here is what I propose. Those with mental problems, yes even the autistic, should be implanted with a microchip and have their travel restricted. They should have no driving privledges. Households where they reside should have a weapon ban that is enforced with searches. Since this wont fly then expect those who are sane taxpayers to get punished for the crimes of the nutjobs.

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8andersonathan(683 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


And people kill people not guns.

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9BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I absolutely love and respect our president, but he had better keep his hands and thoughts off of guns and right to own them. I was fearful this would be an issue in his second term.

Uselesseater is correct. What has kept you safe from most enemies foreign AND domestic is the fear of an armed citizenry. If we allow the government to remove that fear we all become sitting ducks and believe me the criminals will still have guns.

These small suggestions from the president are just another step toward a total ban on firearms.

Mr. President, please just stick to preventing a fall from the fiscal cliff and stay away from our second amendment rights!!!


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10Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I own guns and I am a member of the NRA (for now) I don't see a need for me to have an AR-15 with 30 round mags. At what stage to you go from a defensive posture with guns to a offensive one? I have a better chance of winning the powerball, Megamillions, and lotto jackpot in the same week then I do of needing an AR-15 to defend myself. When you have a firearm and magazines which makes you capable of firing hundreds of rounds in minutes your on the offense not the defense. Even the basic load for a non infantry Soldier is 210 rounds. The accuracy aspect doesn't hold much water there are many other guns the are far more accurate. Knockdown power? Again 223 is on the lower end. Hunting? You take your AR-15 and your 100 rounds and i'll take a 30.06 with five rounds guess who is having venison for dinner? Can anyone come up with a real reason they need a ar, ak, etc..... with 100's of rounds? Forget the whole gun control/government thing. just a reason why.

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