By Henry Decker

WATCH: Obama Unveils Gun Proposals In Powerful Speech

January 16, 2013 1:38 pm Category: Memo Pad 98 Comments A+ / A-

President Barack Obama announced his gun safety plans Wednesday, signing 23 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and urging Congress to enact tougher laws including universal background checks for gun buyers, a restored assault weapons ban, and a 10-round limit for magazines.

Vice President Joe Biden, who chaired a taskforce that compiled a list of recommendations for reducing gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, introduced the president.

“We have a moral obligation to diminish the prospect of something like this happening again,” Biden declared. “The world has changed, and it’s demanding action.”

President Obama then took the stage, and began by introducing four of the many children who wrote letters to the White House in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. “While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm shouldn’t be a divisive one,” the president said before laying out several of the executive orders that he would sign at the conclusion of the speech.

“As soon as I’m finished speaking here, I will sit at that desk and I will sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence,” Obama said.

“We will make it easier to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by strengthening the background check system,” the president continued. “We will help schools hire more resource officers if they want them, and develop emergency preparedness plans. We will make sure mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence, even as we acknowledge that someone with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator.”

Obama also pledged to direct the Centers for Disease Control to study the causes of gun violence, noting, “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”

Talking Points Memo has a full list of the 23 executive actions Obama signed.

The president went on to acknowledge that his executive actions are “in no way a substitute for action from members of Congress.” To that end, Obama called on Congress to take five specific actions to reduce gun violence.

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  • Jim Menzie

    Each and every application to buy a gun should be accompanied by a $100.- non refundable application fee. In cash or debit card. Let the official dealer keep 20-50%. Private to private sales should be banned.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ligginsanthony Anthony Liggins

      That is a great idea Jim.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Sounds Good It Me Also!! The NRA Has To Know That We The Smart People Of America Has Had Enough Of The Fear Mongering, People Trying To Take Away People Guns And Always Looking For The Boogie Man When We Know For A Fact That The NRA Is The Boogie Man Just Here To Sell Guns And Hoard More Money!!! :-(

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IQNV5NV2RS7A7XMJKYHLRBZZ5A Betta

        Oh Fern, put a fork in it. You sound deranged.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Betta Your Stupid Dumb As Bitch Go Suck Out Of A Dead Goat Ass You Tea Bagging Cock Sucking Nasty Ass Stank Ass Cave Dwelling Gutter Trash BITCH!!!

      • onedonewong

        Yea the smart people…you and barak had to go to school on the short school bus to the colored schools. where you learned how to pick cotton and hoe the fields

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Did You Give Rush Limpdick His Blow Job Yet??? If Not You Better Get to Sucking Fool And By The Way He Said Put Up Some Oxy And Bring A Bitch With You Betta Skank Ass Is Ready And Willing To Go With Your Punk Ass!! I’m A Middle Class Working Nurse I Leave The Whoring To You And Your Mother!!! Learn How To Spell Little Tea Bagging Bitch!! Better Get Ready To Lick And Suck Some Rush Limpdick Nuts!! Bye Bye ASSHOLE!!!

          • onedonewong

            There is no such thing of a working colored person let alone a nurse unless you got quota certificate like baraks so called law degree

          • idamag

            onedoneunAmericanpieceof crap. Is that your accomplishment, in life, being born with lighter skin? You sure haven’t contriubted much to this world, have you?

          • onedonewong

            With it comes lots of responsibility. You expected to be honest, work hard, be marries, not have 12 illegitimate kids, stay off welfare and food stamps, get ahead on merit not quotas. Its a burden your likes will never understand

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Go Fuck Yourself Little Nose Picking Ass Digging Tea Bagging BITCH!! FUCK OFF!!

          • idamag

            Fern, ignore that tobaccy-spittin cracker-a. Whenever he says something, I can hear “Duelling Banjoes” in the background.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Plus all of the chickens and sheep in the county where OneDingDong lives have long ago fled in terror.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          onesuckdong Time To Get To Sucking And Earning Your Keep Punk Ass Tea Bagging Cave Dwelling Trailer Trash BITCH!!! Onesuckdong 1667 Me 14,611 LOL Stupid Little Tea Bagging Ass Sucking BITCH!!!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4TPSXBB5YIPKDVPNYYED7LZTPA hometown dude

          Wow, you’re some kind of special I don’t think Fern was the only one ridding that bus. Tell me do you think before you speak? Or do you just open your mouth and allow massive amounts of stupid to spill out?

          • onedonewong

            Your right Barak and Joe Biteme were also on her bus. The only stupid person I see here is some one who agrees with barak

          • idamag

            And you were on the bus to the special ed school.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Only One I Know On The Short Bus Is You And Your MOTHER!! Asscrack!!

        • neeceoooo

          and you are a bigoted a$$ hole.

          • onedonewong

            You don’t think so ?? then how bout a citation to prove me wrong

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Shut Your Stank Ass Up You Low Life Cock Sucking Bitch!! Rush Limpdick Called He’s Ready For His Daily Blow Jobs Better Get To Sucking Little Cave Dwelling Ass Kissing Bitch!!

          • onedonewong

            You sound angry or is that typical colored ebonics

          • idamag

            Neeceooo, You have that right.

    • onedonewong

      Not a bad idea…seeing as how 1 million babies are killed every year we should make women pay $100 a year to have sex

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        To Bad You Weren’t One Of Them!! Your Mother Should Have Gave Your Father Some Head Then Spit Your Dumb Ass Out On The Floor Asswipe!! Nose Picking Punk!!!

        • neeceoooo

          Good one Fern, haha

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Love it!

          Nothing like telling it like it is:)

        • idamag

          Fern, his father probably scratched his big belly while he drank his homemade hooch. He didn’t learn much in that old trailer, did he?

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            LOL Sounds Just About Right My Friend LOL!!

  • jnsgraphic

    There is no place in a civilized society for assault weapons for protection, sport or hunting. ‘Gun Safety’ should be diligently enforced and ownership and registration of guns should be made more difficult to come by; manufacturing and sales of military-type weapons should be limited to the military. ‘Gun Violence’ will continue to be repeated until this country wakes up and takes seriously its responsibility to its citizens. The NRA should be completely behind this, violence as a means to achieve an end is counterproductive. Restrictions on sales of assault-style rifles are an initial, credible response to calls for better ‘Gun Control’. Politicians, officials, law enforcement, etc. that refuse to enforce these laws should be removed for violating their oath of office, forfeiting any nonvested benefits or pensions due to insubordination. We ALL must change our behaviors, stop financing violence, promote ‘rational’ solutions and STOP ABUSING the 2nd Amendment!

    • highpckts

      NRA will never it happen and congress is too afraid of them!!

      • ChristoD

        Afraid of them ? I think BEHOLDEN is the correct word. The NRA has been pouring money into candidates coffers for decades and it is payback time. Solution to problem: Target the vulnerable Sneate and House gun lover lemmings next election and then re-vote when the votes are there. In the meantime Executive Orders are in order BUT, there will be blood….the whackos’ are going to come out of the woodwork and the ‘raging radio’ jerks are going to spur them on with vitriol, hatred and vindictiveness.

        One other option, flood the NRA with new memberships and then vote theunbending a——- out of officeor start an anti-NRA to counter their funding clout.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Now That’s The Truth!! There Is Where What They Call The Dark Money And Lots Of It Coming From The NRA!!! Beholden To Them Is Just What It Is!!!

          • jnsgraphic

            As long as these politicians can be bought it all about Money, Power & Greed of the NRA, Gun Lobbyists and Firearms Industry… Money First, People (Safety) Last.

  • castorag

    I find it absolutely incomprehensible that the NRA can blithely assume that this will be business as usual on the Hill. What is the matter with the men and women in Congress who have that same assumption? Shame, shame, shame. This cannot stand.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      And When It Think Of All Those Poor Babies Being Gunned Down, And The NRA Answer To This Is More Guns???????? Just More Selling And Gutting Out The American People Just For More Money!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HXDHL4SSMUWRJ6G23CTS6OQ6LY CC

    Maybe the NRA should be honest and change their name to the NAWA, the National Assault Weapons Association. It would be more appropriate to their real purpose, to arm Americans with assault weapons and collect all the moeny from the unsuspecting and the hysterical!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    BATF has had no director for almost eight years?

    …pathetic!! They wouldn’t even let Bush Leaguer appoint a director!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IQNV5NV2RS7A7XMJKYHLRBZZ5A Betta

    “…even as we acknowledge that someone with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator.”

    WHUT? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was people with mental illness who were the perpetrators. Is he insane?

    It is disgusting that he is using children to gain support for his dictatorial gun grab, which by the way will be met head on with the US Constitution. He is no better than a coward. I don’t care if the children did write him, it is their PARENTS he should be talking to. Children should not even be around where guns are being discussed. That issue should be discussed only among responsible adults.

    The US Constitution gives us the right to bear arms. More gun laws will not stop the carnage. Remember, these shootings happened where guns are restricted, making everyone inside sitting ducks. You’d have to be blind not to see that.

    Churches, schools and anywhere else a criminal or mentally disturbed person knows he will have no opposition is where he will strike. Criminals or mentally ill will ALWAYS be able to get guns. More gun laws will not change that fact. They don’t respect the laws already on the books. Surely you know this.

    Punishing law abiding gun owners for something that criminals and the mentally ill do is wrong. If guns are taken, how will We The People protect ourselves against threats of violence? You’re just giving the criminals (including our government) free reign to rape, rob, murder and pillage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.stevens.3152 Kenneth Stevens

      The constitution doesn’t give the right to own ANY weapon you want. Do you want people to be able to buy grenades and fully automatic weapons, or maybe even tanks or mortars? Who draws the line? Requiring complete thorough background checks for every gun sale is just common sense. I don’t know how anyone can be against that. His statement about the mentally ill is simply to emphasize that the vast majority of people who suffer from mental illness are not violent.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      And that’s it Betta – just to bear ARMS!! It says nothing about assault weapons, or the weapon that will kill the most people. When that amendment was written, the only guns available shot one bullet at a time and you had to reload. And IF THAT’S ALL THE GOVERNMENT SAID YOU COULD HAVE – IT WOULD BE MEETING WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS!!!!

    • neeceoooo

      Since the republicans want to cut spending on the social issues, who is going to pay for all these people with mental health problems.

    • old_blu

      Afraid much? Maybe you could build you one of those dooms day bunkers and just stay in it, good luck with that.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

      Children should not have died at Sandy Hook either, nor the thousands of innocent children who are struck down by random firings of assault, military styled weapons of mass destruction. You sorry assed cowards always talk about abortion is wrong and we should save the babies, but you take an about-face on this? A sorry scum like you couldn’t carry President Obama’s dirty drawers. You’re a paranoid schitzophrenic anti-social twerp who can’t walk straight from constantly looking around and behind your back, or jumping and reaching for your gun at the slightest loud noise when you go to the supermarket. Or does the van bring your meals to you? Then a criminal would come up behind you, put a barrel to the back of your head and take your gun from you and make you crap your pants and blubber and beg for your life, and you bring up your wife and your children or grandchildren in hope to draw empathy from your attacker. But you criticize the president for making it clear that his legislation is about the children. Man, you’re a peice of work.

      • idamag

        robert, the day of the shooting, directly after it occurred, it was on television. I had the set on watching a line of badly frightened little children being led out of the building. My doorbell rang. A friend dropped by. I turned off the sound and he glanced at the television. He asked me what was going on. I told him. He watched the silent television for awhile and said, “Now they’ll take our guns away.”

        Obviously, he didn’t see the terror in those little faces or think about what life was for them. He didn’t think about 20 homes with trees and decorations and presents already bought. He didn’t think about what it must have been like for those parents to have to bring those toys out of hiding, not to put under the tree.

        Have we become so callused?

  • http://twitter.com/LostAnarchist S-3

    And GOP opposition has been descipible as usual – why must my state (SC) allow stupid people who only want them dead for wanting common sense/order to run them around like camels starved for water?!

    Graham and his sexist, racist, corporatist, old fogey ilk asses need to be shot and barred any ability to fight back – that’ll teach them that we’re doing the right thing here by not opposing common sense legislation that helps everyone.

    In all due honesty, anyone against this is an enemy of this nation, as far as I’m concerned…..

  • onedonewong

    Once again Obama tries to launch an unconstitutional draconian agenda against gun owners and businesses who are playing by the rules. Only 1/2 of what he has proposed can stand and already numerous sheriffs throughout the country said they will not enforce his whims

    • ONALIMB

      Name one dummy. As usual you are a day late and a dollar short.

      • onedonewong

        Prohibition of the making of assault weapons,what ever they are, and large capacity magazines. That’s 2 moonbeam

    • WhutHeSaid

      That’s fine — there’s plenty of room in US prisons for Sheriffs who break the law. Once they get out (if they get out), they will be prohibited from owning weapons since they will be convicted felons.

      • onedonewong

        Looks like you got your law degree from the same place as obama from a matchbook cover. Obama doesn’t have the ability to MAKE laws only congress can do that.
        PS I’m still waiting for the folks at the FBI and Justice to do time for a murder caused by fast and furious

        • WhutHeSaid

          Presidents DO have the ability to make laws, albeit in a roundabout way. All they need to do is get the political support to pass it through Congress. Is this news to you?

          As for your wait for people to take the bigot-accusation regarding ‘Fast and Furious’ seriously, you’d have better luck waiting for golden nuggets to start coming out of your ass.

          Please go back inside your trailer and count your beer can collection or something.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

            Whut you said! LMAO!

          • neeceoooo

            Love it

          • onedonewong

            Gosh did they have civics classes when you were in the 6th grade?? Obviously not based on your ability to argue the point. I realize that your working on your GED and in 8-10 years you’ll pass keep at it.
            Bigot accusation regarding fast and Furious??? really so the BP agent that was killed is a joke in your mind. Kind of like baraks rules of engagement in Afghanistan in which he has placed more value on moooslim lives than our troops

          • WhutHeSaid

            Despite the ridiculous whoppers that you pull out of you ass daily, reality tells us why people who use ‘Fast and Furious’ are simply exposing themselves as bigots.

            First, the ATF ‘gun walking’ operations were started during the Bush administration. Obama had nothing to do with this questionable practice. There is also no evidence that the border agent was killed with a firearm that was part of the ATF operation. Since there is absolutely no connection to Obama, your only remaining claim would be to accuse Obama himself of shooting the agent. Even as nutty as you are, I doubt that you are wacky enough to make such a claim.

            Since you and others like you constantly come up with these wild and baseless accusations in an effort to discredit Obama, it’s obvious that you would try anything to attack the man no matter how transparently stupid. Why do you hold such personal hate for a man you don’t know personally? Because you are a bigot, of course, and you can’t tolerate the fact that a black man has achieved FAR more than you would have any hope of ever achieving. In an attempt to ease the pain of being a loser, you must try to belittle Obama in any way you can.

          • onedonewong

            WHATTTTTT???? I was going to respond but after reading your made up nonsense its pointless your a consummate liar when it comes to defending your Messiah

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

          You apparently don’t watch the news much do you? My guess is you get your facts from your behind!! If you listened to the news much, the nitwit Republicans that were on a witch hunt about fast and furious gave up the ghost months ago because THE FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF ANY WRONG DOING ON THE PART OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT!! So give it up – the more you bring this kind of crap up the dumber you look.

          And where by the way did you ever get the notion that what Obama has proposed was in contradiction to the consitution?? Because you couldn’t be any more wrong. All the second Amendment gives you the right to do is “bear arms”. And if SCOTUS wanted to conclude that the term ‘ ARMS’ meant what it did when Madison wrote the amendment; you’d have to be satisfied with owning either a shoot and load musket or a shoot and load single shot revolver; because that was the definition of ARMS in Madisons day. The amendment DOES NOT give you right to own any weapon of YOUR chosing. So the government decided that ARMS meant nothing more than a six shooter, that’s what you would have to be satisifed with and it would MORE THAN SATISFY THE 2ND AMENDMENT!!!

          • onedonewong

            No evidence of wrong doing?? Justice broke the law……Holder is still going to be impeached and that’s why he is hoping to get a pardon or get out of town before the House acts.
            The amendment says you have the right to bear arms…there is no qualifications to it no mention of muskets or cutlasses. If you want the SC to interpret the constitution that way then I’m all for it. It will end all sorts of things like abortion, the SEC, FDIC. Time to make sure that the 10th amendment prevails that ONLY the powers enumerated in the constitution are the federal govts. ALLLLLL others are left in the hands of the states. That way we can have a belated trial of Lincoln for his abuse of powers in starting the Civil War

          • WhutHeSaid

            A belated trial of Lincoln? Boy, you have it bad!

            How does it feel to be a vile and despicable bigot, knowing that everyone is anxiously awaiting the day the the last of you turds die off?

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        Very rarely does a convicted former person ever go to prison.

        When they do, they are either sent to a different state, or put in Protective Custody the minute they enter a prison cause the very people they caught will be trying to shank them at every opportunity.

    • neeceoooo

      If you do the research you will find that a majority of the police force want a ban on the assault weapons.

      • onedonewong

        Lets see sheriffs all around the country have gone on record have said they will not enforce these new “laws”
        the police force that is opposed said the same thing in USSR, China, Cuba and Germany in the 1930’s

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

          Another flat out lie!!!!

          • onedonewong

            Don’t read much HUH… must get all of you news from the State run media

        • WhutHeSaid

          Sheriffs and other law enforcement people have to obey whatever laws are passed. Those who don’t will either be fired or wind up as prison inmates. Personally, I hope Sheriff Joe Arpaio refuses to obey the law so that Eric Holder has one more reason to put him in the pink underwear that he likes so much. Jail is probably as good a place as any for nutty and bigoted Tea Baggers — Lord knows they’re pretty useless anywhere else.

          • onedonewong

            Really???? So when barak and Holder decide not to enforce drug laws, immigration laws, DOMA, and voter intimidation laws that’s OK???
            Sounds like we have double standard at work here. In case you haven’t realized Barak isn’t King or a Dick tater, he may be your messiah but he ain’t mine

          • WhutHeSaid

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Guiness awarded you a world record for the most whoppers in a single sentence. Obama has enforced immigration laws more forcefully than any other modern President. As for drug laws and voting laws, feel free to offer some evidence of enforcement failures. When you can’t do so (because it’s a lie), please feel free to apologize to everyone here for being a lying boob.

            As for DOMA, there is a big difference between declining to defend a law against legal challenges and refusing to enforce laws when that’s your job. Nobody is asking Sheriffs to go to court to defend gun laws against lawsuits. But enforcing laws that are on the books is a Sheriff’s job whether he/she likes the law or not.

            Obama may not be your messiah, but he IS your leader and you will toe the line — got it?

          • onedonewong

            Must be having problems recalling your messiah’s accomplishments huh….
            > did you forget about his private dream act and letting know illegals and criminals stay?? or was that just a momentary lapse??
            >drug laws Barak has REFUSED to enforce drug laws in CA, OR, WA, CO etc
            > did we forget about the black panther intimidation?? Did we forget about Active Duty military in Afghanistan and Iraq no being allowed to cast absentee ballots??
            As DOMA there is absolutely NO Difference barak has refused to enforce the law same as with drug laws or immigration. As a matter of fact there are few laws that barak and Holder will enforce unless it means campaign contributions. And no as Holder said he is exercising prosecutorial discretion hence there are sanctuary cities all over this country and Holder has REFUSED t6o go after the illegals there all the while paying them to be here

          • WhutHeSaid

            Black Panthers, eh? Are you talking about those 2 black guys that scared you so badly that you had to grab your Rush doll and hide under your bed?

            I know that seeing a black President causes you pain. Knowing that a black man has you outclassed in every conceivable way just underscores the fact that you are a loser. Well, you have 4 more years with Obama as your leader, and yes, he’ll be black the whole time. So you just be a good little bigot and behave yourself or Eric might have to come snatch you out of your bigot-hole and teach you a lesson.

        • old_blu

          I only know of one some red neck in Ore………….never mind I refuse to talk to a racist jack ass.

          • onedonewong

            Racist because I call a spade a spade???

          • idamag

            And a redneck in Canyon County Idaho

      • BDC_57

        Hello my friend onedung is a racist so does not do anything to talk to him.

        • neeceoooo

          Hi there friend, you are right and the racist see nothing but the color of someones skin.

        • idamag

          BBC, and the color of his skin is the only so-called accomplishment he has ever done. He probably drinks his booze from a fruit jar and lives in an old dilapidated trailer.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      Better read the constitution dummy: All it says is you have the right to bear arms. When Madison wrote it, ARMS at the time were a single shot musket and a single shot revolver. The Amendment says nothing about giving you the right to own anything more; it says nothing about giving you t he right to own the most sophisticate weapon on the market, or an assault weapon or anything else. If the Feds said that all anyone could register and carry is a standard six-shooter, that would more than satisfy “the right to bear arms shall not be infringed” part of the second amendment. So NO ONE is violating the constitution by the recommended gun law changes that have been published!!

      • DEFENDER88

        All this hate talk in here is scary.
        Makes me want to go out and buy an assault rifle like everyone is doing.
        Now I know why.
        I have never heard this much hatred of people who own guns.
        Most of who are actually good people. But are vilified by most people in here.
        The police and military trainers that I sometimes train with dont hate gun owners like what I here in here.
        Actually they appreciate responsible gun owners as a deterrent to crime.

        But I digress from addressing your 2nd Amendment argument and muskets.

        Some history about the 2nd Amendment thinking and muskets.

        One of the reasons we won the Revolution War was we actually had more advanced weapons/rifles than what the Brits used.

        Both the Colonial Regulars and Militia (ie Americans) had the most advanced weapons of the day – “Rifled” Muskets – accurate to 300 or more yds. And they were used by them much more extensively than the British(the Govt and authority of the day, and best Army in the world at that time).

        The Brits mostly used the “Smooth Bore” “Brow Bess” accurate to only about 50yds and thus used in volly fire(line up 100 wide and everyone fire at once) and hope a few hit something.

        The Colonials used them(Rifled Muskets) to “pick off ” British officers.
        And used them with gorilla tactics in the woods, etc.
        The Brits said that was unfair. Like they had any idea what “fair” was.

        And the Colonials and Militia were all sent home with these rifles and the 2nd Amendment. And Washington said they were needed as insurance that the Govt would never again be opressive.

        “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
        results from too much government.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
        –Thomas Jefferson

        “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “I” dont see any serious threat from the Govt “yet” but I am not near as smart as Jefferson either.

        John F. Kennedy(who I am old enough to have known and loved) thought Jefferson was the smartest man to ever serve in Govt.
        In fact he thought Jefferson was smarter than everyone else combined.
        So, you say Jefferson is just wrong?

        To a more prescient point – I am having trouble seeing how a ban on assault rifles is going to have any real effect. The gangs and red necks already have them and will not be giving them up. Disarming the law abiding seems counter-intuitive to me.

        I “Do” see the logic in providing for security in schools and other Gun Free Zones. That seems to be the most sure thing that will work for now anyway.

  • mbm

    These are responsible, common sense measures, that no law abiding citizen, gun owner or not, should feel threatened by. That the NRA would choose to respond to these well thought out and far reaching proposals encompassing more than mere gun control with a smarmy remark, calling the President an “elitist hypocrite” for accepting Secret Service protection for his family (like every other President, mind you) demonstrates the radical and divisive nature of their agenda. It is high time that the NRA be put in their place… that of a Gun Club for gun enthusiasts, mixed with both law abiding & responsible gun owners and fringe elements: survivalists, right wing wackos and conspiracy theorists. When did we as a nation allow the NRA to become the self appointed experts on public health, safety, government and legislation along with grandiose Constitutional scholars claiming to speak for the nation and dictate policy? As the only democracy on earth without reasonable gun control and and the resulting unconscionable gun violence and gun deaths per year, we can no longer allow our innocents to be sacrificed upon the feigned altar of threats to 2nd Amendment rights.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Believe me, if we adopted the Constitution’s meaning, as it was when it was first composed, NO ONE would own anything better than a Flintlock.

      The NRA and these gun nuts had better watch what they wish for. They just might get the entire ball of wax and have everything replaced with Flintlocks.

      Some of certainly deserve it.

  • neeceoooo

    I admire this President for tackling this issue even though it is a very unpopular one. He really wants to do something about it, how many other Presidents have put that much effort into fixing this problem.

    • jnsgraphic

      Ronald Reagans call for weapons ban did not receive as much oppostion because he was Republican and White.

      • neeceoooo

        You hit the nail on the head, he was white.

        • jnsgraphic

          Lets face it… these racists are more threatened by an educated person of color with power than they are of losing their 2nd Amdendment rights. These are responsible measures, that no law abiding citizen (gun owner or not) should feel their “the right to bear arms” to be threatened by, just like no other right is absolute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rfgamble Robert Gamble

    WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS. Idiots that do not want to defend themselves can continue to be idiots that are defenseless, that does not give ANYONE the right to take my natural rights as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States and defined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. ANY INFRINGEMENT IS UNLAWFUL AND WILL BE TREATED AS SUCH. File articles of IMPEACHMENT against EVERY REPRESENTATIVE that signs any such legislation and press charges of perjury in every law abiding jurisdiction in the United States against every one of those representatives and have the warrants ready to enforce in your jurisdiction.

    • WhutHeSaid

      You will do what the law says you will do, and that’s that. What part of that do you not understand? It’s nut-bags like you who make gun control arguments far stronger than they would otherwise be.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      Wake up dummy! The only thing the second Amendment says is” the right to bear arms shall not be infringed”. Where exactly in that phrase, does it say that Robert can purchase any weapon of his choice??? Where does it say you have a right to own the fanciest weapon on the planet?? IT DOESN’T!! In fact, if you take the term ARMS literally at the time that Madison wrote the amendment, all you would be able to own is either a musket, or a single shot revolver!! Because that’s what ARMS meant in those days. So get off this nonsense “that does not give anyone the right to take away my natureal rights” crap because YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO OWN ANYTHING MORE THAN WHATEVER WEAPON THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES CONSTITUTES ‘ARMS’!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

      Defending your rights from whom, what? Are we being attacked by a foreign invader? Who is our enemy in America? Where is the Boogey Man?Hvae you looked in the mirror lately?

      • idamag

        robert, He is s paranoid coward who should be on the lookout for black helicopters and listening devices implanted in power poles.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

          idamag, thank you. On point.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Hell, since when didn’t we give our rights up or quash other people’s liberties and freedoms of our own people?

      This gun issue is small potatoes compared to a lot of other areas of our society. In the name of safety or the “public good”, we’ve given our liberty up time after time.

      I’ve always said; keep passing laws galore and one of these days, we’re gonna “law ourselves” right into extinction.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    I agree with President Obama. Nobody’s trying to take away anybody’s 2nd amendment rights. Instead of gun control, I say CONTROL YOUR GUN! I’m a registered and certified gun owner. I have it for personal protection. My problem is with the baby killing, military styled, assault weapons of mass destruction, weapons used by criminals, drug dealers, and cowards. They are weapons designed for military use on the theatre of battle, not in the hands of a citizen in a civilized society. I knew a child who was in her bed sleeping and a bullet from a high capacity clip passed through the bricked exterior of her house, through boarding, insulation, and sheetrock to pass through her skull and lodge in a two by four in her attic. The bullet came from an assault rifle held by a criminal who decided to choose her block to have a shoot out with some other criminals a half a block from where she slept. Or, a woman driving to work a block away from where some drug dealers were settling a beef and one of the bullts from an assault rifle ended her life immediately. those sorts of weapons should not be in a civilian setting to get in the hands of irresponsible, hateful, mentally ill, insensitive people, or as they say, for hunting or sport. They are not needed in a civilized society and should be banned. Those owning any should be required to register them and take an annual mental fitness test to continue possessing them. If anyone is caught with an unregistered weapon of mass destruction should be fined and imprisoned. These weapons of mass destruction are baby-killers, worse than any illegal abortion mill.

  • ExPAVIC

    The Real Issue

    Perhaps some of our fellow citizens have misinterpreted the right to bear arms to be the right bear an assault type, kiddie killer that just happens to be an example of penis extention whereby the size and power of the mechanical device may also be interpreted as an extention of their manliness.

    Think about it.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      You make a very valid comparison……………..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    onedonewong, alwayswong, sucks long dong. She suck you long time! Get up on this: o===8.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    idamag, I share your sensitivity. I adore children. They are little angels. Next time you’re around a little child, make him/her smile. I swear, you could actually see God smiling back at you. However, look at a child who is crying, afraid, or angry. It’s unnatural and saddening. I think when a child weeps, it rains in Heaven. when I saw those babies on television going across that field, read about the ones who had sat in a circle of protection, something they were taught from their teacher who was murdered protecting them, and saw the fear and horror in their young faces, it felt like the world had fallen from under me. Really, it angers me to read what these Republican/Tea Bag trolls and imps are saying, as if they don’t have children or that they themselves had never been children. I can’t say anymore. I’m sorry.

  • idamag

    When your rights take away 20 children’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then your rights have to be regulated.

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