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Obama: I Will Use Every Power of My Office to Push Gun Control

RightMarch December 19, 2012

Katie Pavlich at Townhall reports:

President Obama just wrapped up his press conference with Vice President Joe Biden announcing a new gun control task force. Obama said although “no law will prevent every senseless act,” the country cannot sit back and do nothing in the wake of the tragedy in Sandy Hook last week. The President said he will be taking gun control proposals collected by Biden until January. In the new Congress, he vowed to use all the powers of his office to put chosen proposals into place. Obama said he needed the help of Congress on this issue, but rumors in Washington point to the use of executive orders and the Department of Justice to ram through new gun control measures.

“I will use all the powers of this office aimed at preventing tragedies like this,” Obama said.

So far, Obama is suggesting a ban on semi-automatic weapons or what he calls “assault” weapons, background checks for all gun purchases and the ban of high capacity magazines. During his remarks, Obama admitted the vast majority of gun owners are safe and responsible yet pushed for more regulation and legislation on those people anyway.

ABC News reporter Jake Tapper questioned the timing of Obama’s push for more gun control, pointing out many tragedies have occurred in the past four years and that political calculations were made by Obama and his staff not to discuss gun control.
“Where have you been?” Tapper asked.

Obama responded by saying he has been busy dealing with “the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression” and that he “hasn’t been on vacation.”

The President is expected to push for gun control measures in his inaugural address and State of the Union address early next year.


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  1. Gun Control: Myths and Realities
    David Lampo

    Think you know the facts about gun control? If your only source of information is the mainstream media, what you think you know may not be correct. Take the quiz below and test your knowledge.

    1. Thousands of children die annually in gun accidents.

    False. Gun accidents involving children are actually at record lows

    2. Gun shows are responsible for a large number of firearms falling into the hands of criminals.

    False. Contrary to claims, there is no “gun show loophole.” All commercial arms dealers at gun shows must run background checks. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, at most 2 percent of guns used by criminals are purchased at gun shows, and most of those were purchased legally by people who passed background checks.

    3. The tragedy at Columbine High School a year ago illustrates the deficiencies of current gun control laws.

    False. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold violated close to 20 firearms laws in amassing their cache of weapons. so it seems rather dubious to argue that additional laws might have prevented this tragedy. The two shotguns and rifle used by Harris and Klebold were purchased by a girlfriend who would have passed a background check, and the TEC-9 handgun used by them was already illegal.

    (take notice of this)
    4. States that allow registered citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don’t.

    True. The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Remarkably, guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns.

    5. Waiting periods lower crime rates.

    False. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effects of waiting periods, both before and after the federal Brady bill was passed in 1993. Those studies consistently show that there is no correlation between waiting periods and murder or robbery rates. Florida State University professor Gary Kleck analyzed data from every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 and found that waiting periods had no statistically significant effect. Even University of Maryland anti-gun researcher David McDowell found that “waiting periods have no influence on either gun homicides or gun suicides.”

    6. Lower murder rates in foreign countries prove that gun control works.

    False. This is one of the favorite arguments of gun control proponents, and yet the facts show that there is simply no correlation between gun control laws and murder or suicide rates across a wide spectrum of nations and cultures. In Israel and Switzerland, for example, a license to possess guns is available on demand to every law-abiding adult, and guns are easily obtainable in both nations. Both countries also allow widespread carrying of concealed firearms, and yet, admits Dr. Arthur Kellerman, one of the foremost medical advocates of gun control, Switzerland and Israel “have rates of homicide that are low despite rates of home firearm ownership that are at least as high as those in the United States.” A comparison of crime rates within Europe reveals no correlation between access to guns and crime.

    Connecticut shooting:
    The Mother of that man was more to blame than anyone else, she purchased the guns after her son was turned down.

    An intelligent answer would be to ban the sale of guns to anyone that has a person n their home that is on medication for mental health problems.

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