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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Over the Top

The NRA's latest ad represents an organization that has lost its way and explains the reason that only 36% of Americans have a favorable view of them. They will tell you that their membership has increased by 250,000 and gun sales are out the roof since the Newtown shooting, and that's probably true but the Washington Post/ABC poll tells a different story.

In anticipation of President Obama's' new gun control proposals where some may be achieved through executive orders, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said, "   I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.” I wonder what Senator Paul thought of Ronald Reagan's 381 executive orders or the executive order President George H. W. Bush used to ban the importation of assault weapons. I wonder if the senator knows that the order the latter used halted the importation of some semi-automatic firearms after a mass school shooting Stockton, California." He based his executive order on the 1968 Gun Control Act and used it to ban the shipment of what could be considered “assault weapons” unless they were used for sporting purposes."

Yesterday, the state of New york passed the strictest gun laws in America even though the Senate in that state is controlled by the GOP and Maryland and Connecticut are strengthening their gun laws. After the  bill was signed the governor said, "Common sense can win."  "You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense." The common sense part didn't convince one Republican who voted against the bill. He said that he would have to break the law rather than leave his wife at home with their small children because she needed the high-capacity  ammo clip to protect their home in his absence... He cited a woman who shot an intruder four times to defend herself and her children in Georgia. He forgot to say that she had a six shot revolver. Second point, what kind of kind of neighbor does the legislator live in? If he's that concerned, he should resign and get a job closer to home. I know he was using his family as a prop to state his political point.

Gun control, mental illness illness and violence in our video games and movies will always be a sensitive subject because we are dealing with the second amendment, first amendment, and privacy issues. We don't have as much push back when we try to regulate the movie or video game industry as we do, when we even mention gun restrictions because even though they may be only 30% of our overall population, they are a well- funded loud 30%. This time it may be different because Mayor Bloomberg is putting his money behind common sense gun laws and the images of the 20 young children's bodies riddled with bullet holes is still fresh in our minds.. 

Right now, it doesn't seem like much will get through the GOP controlled house but the one that has the greatest chance of passing is the universal background checks.  

We need this debate, but we need to leave the president's family out of this. What would you do if you were the president and four mass murders happened while you were the chief executive?. You are going to be hit from both sides no matter what you decide to do.



Mike said...

I forgot to mention the silliness at the state level for instance: " Firearms Protection Act - make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries (State Rep. Steve Toth)

Tell me how this would work? Would a DPS office arrest an ATF officer for doing his job in Texas?

Texas was readmitted back to the union a long time ago and we should act accordingly.

Mike said...

Watch this video clip of CNN's Anderson Cooper ripping into conspiracy theorist James Tracey and his his assertion that Newtown shooting never happened.

I think we can all agree that James Tracey should not be able to pass a background check.

Mike said...

I can't find an impeachable offense in the 23 executive orders Obama just signed,so Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas can file all the charges of impeachments that he wants.

Here is a list provided by the White House of the 23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Mike said...

I made of list of complaints made by those made of those in opposition to the president's proposals other than the fear of gun confiscation or interpreting the ban of a deemed assault weapon (future purchase) as being gun confiscation.

1. Infringing on the rights of the 2nd amendment: Absolutism was defeated a long time ago read: SCOTUS: D.C. vs Heller
2.Would not have stopped the killings at Sandy Hook: The killing of those school children was the tipping point not the sole reason for need of discussing and legislating appropriate guns laws to at try to keep another mass killing from happening. BTW the opponents need to read the proposals because there are proposals in there that may have prevented the killings.
3. Criminals will be the only ones who will have the banned guns..That may be so to an extent but just because a criminal can break down a locked door doesn't mean we leave the door unlocked.
4. The ad stated that the president was against armed guards at our schools but look at proposals #12 & #18.
5.The president did not mention mental health or the movie & video game industry..He did look at memo for the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.. we don't know the coloration because a study was not allowed by the NRA...Again,Japan,the Brits and Australia have the same games and movies but not the mass killings.

born2Bme said...

I don't watch Fox News, but more than likely, all talking points these people use, come directly from the right-wing media.

Mike said...

That is true...It's handed down from the NRA in this case. I noticed after Obama's press conference yesterday,every republican said the same thing " the proposals the president mentioned would not have prevented the shootings at Sandy Hook."..I haven't seen a republican legislator denounce the latest NRA ad and the NRA spokesmen deny the ad targeted Obama's children even though the ad specifically says "the president's children over and over."...These guys can lie and double down on the lie like no others I have seen.

Mike said...

I take it back Gov. Chris Christi called the NRA ad reprehensible..He best watch out or he will ex- communicated like Colin Powell and former Fla. governor Charlie Christi...There's no room for the truth in the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

born2Bme said...

Did you see where one of the tea party organizations want to change their name to something else? Like that is going to help. People aren't stupid....well most of them anyway.

Mike said...

I heard of a Tea Party in South Fla. changed their name to the National Liberty Federation.

It's not the name it's the people in it...:-)