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    Default Washington Post - Obama administration may push for wide ranging new gun control laws

    White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings - The Washington Post

    It wasn't a major issue during the election last year but it would seem that the shocking recent events in Connecticut have lead President Obama to a point where his administration is now actively considering wide ranging new gun control laws, over and above the reintroduction of laws banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition guns which had been mooted.

    A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
    The article also sheds light on how they plan to counter the resistance which is expected from the National Rifle Association.

    To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administrationís agenda.
    This may well become one of the defining issues of Obama's second term as pushing these laws through will require considerable personal effort and expenditure of political capital given the manner in which this issue divides both Democrats and Republicans.

    Fingers crossed that sanity prevails and these proposals can be made law.
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    this will play havoc with the discovery channels schedule

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings - The Washington Post

    It wasn't a major issue during the election last year but it would seem that the shocking recent events in Connecticut have lead President Obama to a point where his administration is now actively considering wide ranging new gun control laws, over and above the reintroduction of laws banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition guns which had been mooted.



    The article also sheds light on how they plan to counter the resistance which is expected from the National Rifle Association.



    This may well become one of the defining issues of Obama's second term as pushing these laws through will require considerable personal effort and expenditure of political capital given the manner in which this issue divides both Democrats and Republicans.

    Fingers crossed that sanity prevails and these proposals can be made law.
    Fingers crossed although I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you...

    Europeans who haven't lived in America and don't really 'get' America will never understand American gun culture...

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    Can't wait to hear what the Charlton Heston crew have to say about this!


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings - The Washington Post

    It wasn't a major issue during the election last year but it would seem that the shocking recent events in Connecticut have lead President Obama to a point where his administration is now actively considering wide ranging new gun control laws, over and above the reintroduction of laws banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition guns which had been mooted.



    The article also sheds light on how they plan to counter the resistance which is expected from the National Rifle Association.



    This may well become one of the defining issues of Obama's second term as pushing these laws through will require considerable personal effort and expenditure of political capital given the manner in which this issue divides both Democrats and Republicans.

    Fingers crossed that sanity prevails and these proposals can be made law.
    Shame they'll do basically feck all.
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    Good, though will the assault weapons ban be reinstated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    Good, though will the assault weapons ban be reinstated?
    Probably - though that too is basically meaningless.
    You know what I blame this on the breakdown of? Society. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw39tcyg7So&sns=em

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    Will the NRA take any solace that there are restrictions on gun ownership here, but they don't matter jack schitt...

    Just look at the level of violence in Irish society !!!
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    An alternative might be to arm teachers with assault rifles
    GOP Rep Suggests Teachers Should Be Armed With Assault Rifles | ThinkProgress
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    Trying something is I suppose better than nothing but it all seems fairly pointless as there are already so many guns in that country they'll never be resolve their problems.

    If we told any other country but the US had more guns than people it would be a Department of Foreign Affairs watch list.

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