Second Amendment enthusiasts decried politicizing the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, lamenting if there was someone in the theater who was armed, they could have taken the gunman out. That’s a big assumption in a darkened theater, and what it they hit an innocent bystander while returning fire?
Now as far as President’s go, President Obama has a terrible record on Gun Control. Terrible. This is in spite of right wing rhetoric from Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Bachman and Glenn Beck all on record saying the president was going to take away guns. Gun sales have skyrocketed since Obama was sworn in. And Obama is the best friend in the White House the NRA has ever had.
From The Hill:
The Brady Campaign blasted the president, whom the group endorsed in 2008, for not having taken significant steps to advance gun control laws.
“It’s been a very disappointing year for us, especially considering what he campaigned on,” the group’s president, Paul Helmke, said during an appearance on MSNBC. “This year they ran away from the issue, and actually signed two repeals of good gun legislation.”Those changes, which would allow guns in national parks and on Amtrak trains, were attached as amendments to larger pieces of legislation the president generally supported.
Obama got an “F” on every issue the Brady Campaign scored, according to its report card.
Obama has passed more gun rights laws and repealed more gun restrictions in his first term than G.W. Bush did in eight years. Lets look at some of the highlights of pro-gun victories since Obama took office:
- Obama resisted attempts to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban or curb the extended clips
- Obama enacted legislation permitting firearms in national parks.
- In 2009, Arizona and Tennessee passed laws letting people carry guns in bars.
- In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to extend federal gun-rights protections to states.
- In 2010, Louisiana approved a bill letting people carry firearms in houses of worship (in Church!!!).
- In 2010, Arizona passed a law letting people carry concealed weapons without a permit. In 2011, Wyoming enacted the same law.
- In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with considerable bipartisan support, a bill that makes a firearm-carry permit in one state valid in every other state.
- In 2011, Mississippi enacted legislation allowing people to carry firearms on college campuses, and in bars and churches. Later that year, the measure was expanded to include sporting events, polling places, airports, courthouses and other government localities.
- In 2011, North Dakota and Texas passed legislation to ensure that employees may bring a gun to work, as long as it’s locked in a vehicle.
- In 2011, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire put into effect versions of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, granting people broad latitude to use lethal force when they perceive a threat to their safety.
The list does not include NRA victories at beating back gun-control efforts, such as prohibiting people on a government-designated terror watch list from buying a firearm, or closing a loophole that allows sales of weapons at gun shows.
There are some who believe it’s high time to use The Patriot Act to start tracking people who seek to own assault weapons as well as tax the hell out of the ammunition these weapons use. If the Colorado case wasn’t enough, there was the Gabby Gifford shooting to consider.
From the Daily Kos post:
1) Patriot Act-We track, monitor and investigate terrorist activities. Let’s use that power to track LARGE AMMO(above 3000 rounds) and Assault Gun Purchases. Start with a simple phone call at the time of purchase.
2) Wire Tap and Monitor the Internet and Wireless Usage of Key suspects
3) Build up and Bulk up the ATF!
4) Send Agents to all the most High Risk Contacts.
Gee isn’t that how we handle Terrorists Today?
If anyone says that this is inconvenient or penalizes the whole Country ask them if they have been to the Airport lately! We are searching, X-raying and reviewing and we have not had an attack in over 10yrs!
Last consider taxing bullets as we do alcohol and tobacco; it doesn’t hinder anyone’s ability to buy a gun or have a gun, but makes it more expensive. If you want an automatic or assault weapon, fine. Pay for extensive background checks, psychological exams, and set up law enforcement triggers for anyone who buys vast amounts of ammo online.
There are about 312 million people in the United States and according to the Brady Campaign, there are an estimated 283 million guns in the US. Some facts to consider:
DID YOU KNOW? The United States has millions of guns in civilian hands.
- The U.S. has an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands (Hepburn, p. 18).
- Each year, about 4.5 million new firearms, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the United States (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), p. 1).
- An estimated 2 million secondhand firearms are sold each year as well (ATF, p. 1).
- In 2009, police recovered at least 239,883 guns in connection with crime (Brady Center, 2010).
- Gun owners throw away an estimated 36,000 guns every year (Police Foundation, p. 30).
DID YOU KNOW? Household gun ownership has been declining since the 1970s.
- The percentage of American households with a gun has been steadily declining over time, (from a high of 54 percent in 1977 to 32 percent in 2010) (Smith, 2008 and Violence Policy Center, 2011).
- Gun ownership is highly concentrated. Approximately 20 percent of gun owners own 65 percent of the nation’s guns (Hepburn, p. 16).
- Household gun ownership may be declining even though millions of guns are sold each year in part because gun owners are adding more guns to their collections. The average number of guns per owner has increased from 4.1 in 1994 to 6.9 in 2004 (Hepburn, p. 18).