Obama proposes gun control
For those of you who don't watch TV news, President Obama just finished his TV appearance in which he announced some of the gun control recommendations from VPbiden that Obama will be lobbying for.
The President noted that there are both long-term and immediate things that need to be done.
Here are a few of the proposals:
1. Congress should require universal background checks on ALL gun purchases, licensed and private. (He noted that 70% of NRA approves of this idea.)
2. Congress should ban military style assault rifles and require a 10-round limit.
3. Congress should be tougher on those who buy guns in order to sell them to criminals.
4. Congress should get around to confirming a Director of ATF (they are only 6 years behind schedule on that).
5. Congress should put more police back on the streets. The President didn't say how (funds for various communities, I assume). I think this is an excellent idea.
President Obama also said their were 23 directives for Executive Action. A few that he cited were:
a. Background checks
b. Schools need to prepare more emergency plans.
c. CDC needs to research the impact of videos on young mind. (Their research funds had been cut in the past -- as influenced by the NRA. I guess they will be re-funded now.)
Plus 21 more? He didn't specify them all.
It's a start in the right direction--but I'm still worried about Congress. So far, the Republican Representatives are feeling no pressure to pass any kind of gun control, so it won't matter what the Senate passes as long as the House refuses to let any gun control legislation be voted on.
I guess we start by baraging our House Representatives with letters, phonecalls, and emails.