Update on gun control
No one knows yet exactly what Vice-president Biden and his group will recommend on gun control measures, but their thinking seems to closely parallel ideas that a number of us on HT have also proffered.
According to the linked news report below, VP Biden is finding strong support among a variety of groups he is meeting with for the following:
1. banning assault weapons
2. banning high-capacity ammunition magazines
3. tightening background checks
I see nothing unreasonable there.
Among other things, the White House may issue executive orders to do the following:
a. make gun-trafficking a felony
b. get the Justice Department to prosecute people caught lying on gun background-check forms
c. order federal agencies to send data to the National Gun Background Check Database.
Those sound like sensible measures to me, although executive orders can easily be undone by the stroke of the next president's pen. Myself, I'd prefer those measures were passed directly by congressional action, which would be harder to un-do in the future, but given our "just say no" Republican representatives, it would probably take forever to get such legislation passed--so executive orders will do in the meantime, as far as I'm concerned.
The NRA refuses to support these sensible measures even though a number of them have broad support from its membership. For instance, NRA membership approval of tightening gun checks is in the 70% range, but the NRA leaders still won't support anything VP Biden is probably going to propose.
Fox News claims such executive orders are unconstitutional since they are not directly linked to congressional legislation, although Fox News admits that George Bush signed executive orders to ban assault rifles by linking them to the 1968 bill on gun control (I'm not sure of the name of that act), but for some reason Fox News thinks it would be wrong for President Obama to do the same thing. Don't ask me to explain that distinction--made no sense to me either. It's constitutional when G. Bush did it, but would be unconstitutional if Obama did it--uh huh!
Biden is meeting with all kinds of groups ranging from hunter groups to major gun retailers like Wal-mart to gun control groups and others. The NRA refused to officially participate but did send its lobbyist--to lobby for guns for everyone and to maintain the 40 percent of gun sales that are made without background checks, I presume?
None of this will be a magical solution to all the gun problems in our country, but I heartily endorse VP Biden's words:
". . . we are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we can do everything, we're going to do nothing," Biden said. "It's critically important we act."
Pres. Obama will supposedly make some proposals on guns in his upcoming State of the Union Address in a week or so, I'm glad to report.
Here is a link that might be useful: Biden says consensus emerging