Obama’s Proposals in Response to Sandy Hook


Here are Obama’s proposals in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. I wonder if these measures will apply to the selling of assault rifles to the Mexican drug cartel:

Assault Weapons Ban: Obama is seeking a reinstatement of an earlier federal ban, which expired in 2004. The original measure was signed by President Clinton in 1994, but Congress declined to renew it. Limiting High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines: Advocates of a limit on high-capacity magazines believe it could slow down a shooter planning to carry out a massacre, such as the one at Sandy Hook. Obama’s proposal would limit these magazines to 10 bullets. Rep. Ron Barber, who was wounded in the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, is one of the advocates for this proposal.

    My Response: A) The criminals will know how to get assault rifles with larger capacity magazines on the black market. B) It doesn’t take long to swap out magazines in semi-automatic firearms C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

Getting Rid of Armor-Piercing Bullets: Although it is illegal to manufacture and import armor-piercing bullets in the U.S., the president is sending legislation to Congress that will ban the possession and transfer of the ammunition.

    My Response: A) Criminals will know how to get bullet-piercing ammunition on the black market. B) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

Gun-Trafficking Law: A favorite of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-control group with major backing from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this measure would help prevent the trafficking of guns between states. This measure would make it easier for law enforcement officers to go after “strawmen” who buys guns for other people and transfer them across state lines.

    My Response: A) Criminals will know how to transport firearms across state lines. B) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

Universal Background Checks: Anyone who buys a gun at a store, a gun show, or through other private sellers would have to go through a criminal background check before purchasing the weapon, under this legislative proposal. Senior White House officials said there would be exceptions for transfers between family members, however. The president will also direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to explain to licensed dealers how to best run background checks on potential buyers.

My Response: A) Criminals will know how to sell guns on the black market – and this would just create a larger black market that invites more violence into our society. B) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder.

Tougher Background-Check System: Through executive action, the administration will give states $20 million in new incentives to share their information with a broader background-check system. The president will address legal barriers to reporting information that the White House has deemed unnecessary. The president will also ask federal agencies to update their records and make them available to the national background-check database.

    My Response: On principle, I’m good with this.

Review of Prohibitions on Gun Ownership: The president will ask the attorney general to look into current laws that outline which people are prohibited from buying guns, and make appropriate recommendations to improve the system. Currently, felons and some persons with disabilities are not allowed to purchase weapons.

    My Response: A) This is codified in state law – federalizing these laws is not the answer, IMHO. This won’t stop criminals from getting guns. B) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

Nominate a New Head of the ATF: Obama will nominate Todd Jones as permanent head of the alcohol and firearms bureau. The agency has been without a congressionally confirmed director in six years. Jones is a U.S. attorney in Minnesota and has been serving as acting head of the ATF.

My Response: A) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

Gun-Violence Research: The president is seeking a resumption of research into gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress halted the research because of lawmaker concerns that the agency was advocating for gun control. The agency would be tasked with looking into the causes of gun violence, including a correlation between video games and violent behavior.

My Response: A) There is a ton of gun violence research already conducted that is freely available in the marketplace. Understanding gun violence is tantamount to understanding the depravity of man. It’s not about the guns – it’s about the people how have them. Criminals will know how to get guns. B) This does nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook. C) This doesn’t do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder

School Safety: The administration, through executive order, will allow local communities to use money under the “COPS” initiative — which is aimed at putting more police officers on the street — to hire “school resource officers” who could help improve safety in schools. The White House would also make more money available to cities and towns to allow them to hire more mental-health workers for schools. The administration will also work with schools to develop emergency plans that could help them become better equipped to respond to incidents such as a shooting.

My Response: I support this if it means eliminating schools as gun-free zones. Let teachers and security officers carry guns. That will, IMHO, cut way down on gun violence in schools. People who commit mass murder do so in gun-free zones that create target-rich environments.

Combating Bullying: Through the Health and Human Services Department, the administration will provide new resources aimed at reducing bullying.

My Response: I support this, but I don’t think this will do anything that pre-identifies someone likely to commit their first mass murder, but it might help reduce the number of people who would even “go there” in their minds.

Obamacare Regulations: The administration will develop regulations for the Affordable Care Act aimed at ensuring comprehensive care for mental-health problems. This would include putting money toward new social workers and psychologists.

    My Response: let’s include pastors, rabbis, etc… too. Let’s get religion back into our schools. I generally support this.

 

For perspective:

From 2000 – 2007, there were over 26,000 unintentional drownings compared to less than 6,000 unintentional deaths due to firearms. Should we have strict federal laws on who can own a swimming pool? There were over 165,000 unintentional poisoning deaths during the same period – should we have stricter laws and background checks for people purchasing all sorts of chemical agents?

My thoughts: restricting firearms will only work if we change our culture of violence. It is our culture of violence that is the core issue.

Bill English


 

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