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.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.
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.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.
Fingers crossed that sanity prevails and these proposals can be made law.