Obama's Gun Control Plan

The battle lines have been drawn after President Obama dictated to the NRA and its gun owner members. The NRA fired back with a cheesy, low-blow TV ad about his daughters getting armed protection while most commoners do not. Such BS. Of course, his family gets armed protection, all members of the President's family does wherever they go. That ad will rally many against the NRA.

The issues that the US Congress (House and Senate) must pass for Obama's gun control are as follows:

  • Background checks on ALL gun sales-Internet, private, gun shows, newspaper ads, inter-family members
  • Reinstating the expired 10 year ban on assault rifles like the AR 15
  • Make possession , manufacture, transfer of armor piercing bullets illegal
  • Stiff penalties for gun traffickers and anyone who provides guns to people with criminal backgrounds
  • Limiting a 10 round ammunition cartridge for all firearms

Of the above, I see no reason why all cannot be passed and supported by even gun owners. I know the AR 15 is a contention point, but these guns are sport guns not hunting guns. These guns are bought by people seeking quasi-military power in their hands.

Obama can do the following without Congress' approval, he only needs to sign the bill.

  • Increase interstate sharing of gun owner info and background checks
  • Make federal agencies cooperate with gun background checks
  • Identify people who should not own guns
  • Research to find how to prevent gun violence
  • Make sure health care providers contact police when patients threaten to use violence
  • Give local schools the ability to hire 1000 officers and counselors
  • Make sure agencies trace recovered guns
  • Local agencies to run background checks before returning any seized gun
  • Train first responders how to deal with live shooters at emergency scene
  • Force all schools to have an emergency plan
  • Ensure medical plans also cover mental health
  • Create better gun locks

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Rbostick 3 years ago from Ruston, LA

I believe that it is highly hypocritical of politicians whose families are protected by armed security details openly speak against armed guards in schools.

If they truly do not see the need for firearms they should disarm their own protection.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

beside the president's family, what other members are protected, especially school age kids?


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

great and informative hub about the gun control. I know some measures will come into effect.. Hope they do something about the scary computer games and identifying people with violent tendencies.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Mexico has a very strict gun control law, yet it doesn't stop the Mexican Cartels from having all the firepower and assault weapons they want.

This NRA and assault rifle issue is a red herring for the real root of criminal violence which are the gangs in the US.

Read my hub for the details.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Gangs or not, there is need for more stricter regs and precautions about gun sales and owning them.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

perryA

Really, that is all you got out of my comment, and apparently you never read my hub.

Your hub your comments


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Gangs are only one facet of the problem.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

perryA

You really need to look at the gangs, they are a much bigger facet than the few hundred deaths from mass killings.

google it if you don't want to read my hub.

Enlighten yourself. the gun control is a bandaid.


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Nicole Winter 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

There are a lot of valid points here in the comments, elsewhere on the web, both in support of and against Obama's gun control measures. This isn't something I've written about, so I appreciate your attention in this Hub, perrya, so I have the opportunity to respond, hopefully without you feeling like I am trying to hijack your hub or your comments :) I have made comments about this elsewhere on the web, but not here on Hub Pages, I feel uneducated enough to make any extensive comments here, without being able to defend my position clearly.

First, I couldn't agree with you more about the NRA's misleading ad attacking President Obama's retinue of armed guards. Every President has armed guard for himself, his family and if he has them, more especially, his children. No one in the USA is more vulnerable to the *intent* of physical attack, (not the attack itself, but having people wanting to do him / them harm,) than our President, regardless of what man, (or in the possible future, woman,) is sitting in the big seat of the White House. In regards specifically to the ad, I could not disagree more with the NRA, I do not want armed guards in our schools. Our second amendment rights, to the best of my understanding are put in place, with the modern day correlation of not allowing our country to become a police state. What would you call a world in which children have to pass through metal detectors, walking past men with guns in order to simply acquire an education? Why is this even an acceptable alternative to gun control?

So, speaking of gun control, the points that you've put forth, which I have heard repeated, over & over again:

A ban on armor piercing bullets? Well, gee, what else do armor piercing bullets do other than kill police officers and other human beings? Why would any private citizen need armor piercing bullets?

A background check for all gun buyers, all the time? Well, holy smokes... we don't already do that?!? Why the heck shouldn't we?

Reinstating the 10 year ban on automatic weapons? Can anyone explain to me what an automatic weapon is used for other than killing people? Why is it the NRA feels these weapons should be allowed on the streets? Why are people protecting these weapons like they have a purpose other than MURDER?

Stiffer penalties for those who break the law in regards to trafficking guns? Again, NRA, what could you possibly be bemoaning about this?

And lastly, the 10-round cartridge. This one, I have to admit, I'm not sure how to feel about this... when I hear about mass-shootings and the sheer amount of easily acquired ammunition these men were able to get their hands on, without raising an eyebrow!, it makes me feel that yes, there needs to be some sort of stronger regulation in regards to ammo. I've heard hunters bemoan the idea of having to reload after ten shots, but as my fiance' and I have discussed previously... if you can't bring it down in ten shots... perhaps ammo is the least of your problems.

As for gangs... I don't live in a border state so though this is ignorant and terribly non-PC of me: Fuck Mexico. Let Mexico take care of Mexico, right now we've our own problems to deal with. Gun control is a band-aid? Well, good. What we have is a paper cut. There aren't roaming cartels gunning innocent citizens down in the streets. (As there are in Mexico, it's a shame their average citizenry isn't a little better armed, themselves,) and I know a lot of you will find this crass of me, given the light of what has recently happened, but for the most part as Americans we *are* safe and sound in our insular little lives. If we weren't, people from thousands of miles away wouldn't roam the streets sobbing when something like Sandy Hook happens.

When I hear comments, (sorry to point you out, carol7777) about regulating "scary" video games, movies or music... (remember the Tipper Gore anti-heavy-metal brigade of the eighties, anyone?,) it just seriously pisses me off. We live in a country where reaching out with financial aid to hurricane victims, HURRICANE VICTIMS!, is too "big brother," too "big government," and yet, these are the same people willing to throw all that out the window to legislate their brand of morality to me? Really?

Let me be clear, the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary school was just that: tragic. I have nothing but sympathy for the families of the victims of this needless and horrific crime. That said, I also do not like having any of my rights infringed upon by an overreaching government. A knee-jerk reaction created by the death of over 20 beautiful children is still, just that, a knee-jerk reaction. Speaking specifically to points in VP's Joe Biden's plan to study (with the intent of doing what?,) violent movies / video games, the same games I enjoy and love a great deal detract from the real situation at hand. It's amazing how Canadian citizens manage to watch the same movies and play the same games as us, in the USA, without shooting up school children or moviegoers. If guns don't kill people, people kill people, then surely, the same can be said for video games, movies and music, folks.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Thanks Nicole, you did not hijack my hub! good points.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Nicole

Mexico is our problem, and it doesn't matter if you are not on a border state.

As I suggested to Perry, read my hub or google gangs.

BTW, if an when they ban more guns, that will just be another illegal product for the gangs to sell and get financial rewards.


Carlos 3 years ago

Nicole,

"A ban on armor piercing bullets? Well, gee, what elswe do armor piercing bullets do other than kill police officers and other human beings? Why would any private citizen need armor piercing bullets?"

AP bullets are illegal for the most part. They also do much less damage to people than hunting rounds. They are made to pierce armor (steel, vehicles, etc.), not cause maximum wounding. I think you're thinking armor as in "body armor", but that is not what these rounds were created for. Body armor did not exist when AP rounds were first fielded.

"A background check for all gun buyers, all the time? Well, holy smokes... we don't already do that?!? Why the heck shouldn't we?"

Yes, most everyone who buys a firearm receives a background check. The anti-gun folks like to over emphasize the small number of legal firearms sold through private sales with no check. All the firearms in the recent tragedies were purchased legally.

"Reinstating the 10 year ban on automatic weapons? Can anyone explain to me what an automatic weapon is used for other than killing people? Why is it the NRA feels these weapons should be allowed on the streets? Why are people protecting these weapons like they have a purpose other than MURDER?"

None of the weapons used in these shootings were automatic. They were semi-automatic and not the same as what the military uses. Also, I purchased my first AR-15 during the assault weapons ban. The only difference is that it did not have a flash suppressor or bayonet lug as are on the ARs being sold now. Also, I was active duty military and certified on the M16.

"Stiffer penalties for those who break the law in regards to trafficking guns? Again, NRA, what could you possibly be bemoaning about this?"

Nobody has any problem with our current laws being enforced. That's a total misconception.

"And lastly, the 10-round cartridge. This one, I have to admit, I'm not sure how to feel about this... when I hear about mass-shootings and the sheer amount of easily acquired ammunition these men were able to get their hands on, without raising an eyebrow!, it makes me feel that yes, there needs to be some sort of stronger regulation in regards to ammo. I've heard hunters bemoan the idea of having to reload after ten shots, but as my fiance' and I have discussed previously... if you can't bring it down in ten shots... perhaps ammo is the least of your problems."

I'm not even going to try to try to argue this one. Magazine capacity is not the issue, bad people doing bads things is. This little nut responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre would have killed just as many people if there had been a 10 round limit on magazines. He went to a school and preyed on women and children who did not have the ability to fight back. Instead of people concentrating on his evil intentions, everyone is focused on the tools he used. Think about that for a minute. It really isn't logical.

"As for gangs... I don't live in a border state so though this is ignorant and terribly non-PC of me: Fuck Mexico. Let Mexico take care of Mexico, right now we've our own problems to deal with. Gun control is a band-aid? Well, good. What we have is a paper cut. There aren't roaming cartels gunning innocent citizens down in the streets. (As there are in Mexico, it's a shame their average citizenry isn't a little better armed, themselves,) and I know a lot of you will find this crass of me, given the light of what has recently happened, but for the most part as Americans we *are* safe and sound in our insular little lives. If we weren't, people from thousands of miles away wouldn't roam the streets sobbing when something like Sandy Hook happens."

I have lived in Texas since 2001 and have never gone across the border. Unfortunately it just seems too dangerous. At one time, I lived in Del Rio, approximately 5 miles from the border. I would have liked to have gone across the border and I'm sure the law abiding Mexicans would have liked for me to spend my money there. The criminals have ruined the border towns. There have been murders on this side of the border caused by the Mexican criminals and young girls kidnapped. It's really a shame and I don't think the government wants to publicize it.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

What I don't understand is why the laws that require these things are not already being enforced.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

I tend to think that more shooting massacres are needed before any gun control will actually happen or have impact. the NRA spin on all this is just clouding the issues.


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Nicole Winter 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

ib radmasters: I don't know if you happened to notice where I live, but, seriously? I'm a Chicagoan, I think I know a thing or two about gangs.

And yes, Mexico is indeed, Mexico's problem right now. Please explain to me, why as a country we've to worry about Mexico? None of the guns used in mass-shootings here... ever, were brought in by Mexican cartels or bought in Mexico. Made in the USA, baby ;) (OK, technically speaking, probably made in China, but bought here.)


Josh 3 years ago

Why is it so hard for so many to put the blame on the bad people that commit horrible acts? Why is it so hard to understand that there are people in world that will do you harm if they have the opportunity? The current liberal arguments for more gun control just don't make any sense. Please explain to me how passing laws further resticting firearms that criminals will ignore will help anyone. They only restrict law abiding citizens who obey laws and will make it harder for them to defend themselves. If a law was passed banning the production of all firearms tomorrow, there are still enough firearms in circulation to last hundreds of years.

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