White House mulls broader U.S. gun control - Post

WASHINGTON Sun Jan 6, 2013 10:42am EST

WASHINGTON Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper said.

The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said. The approach is backed by law enforcement leaders, it said.

President Barack Obama assigned Biden the job of designing the strategy after the massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last month that killed 20 children and six adults.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby.

They include rallying support from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses, the Post said.

The White House has been in contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun control advocate who could emerge as a surrogate for the administration's agenda, the paper said.

The Post cited several people involved in the administration's talks on gun control for its story. They included Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.

The White House had no immediate comment on the Post story. A White House spokesman told the newspaper that Biden's group was in the middle of its review and had not decided on its final recommendations.

The NRA has successfully lobbied federal lawmakers to stop major new gun restrictions since a 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. The ban also prohibited ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

When asked if Congress will entertain new gun regulation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that lawmakers needed to see Biden's recommendations.

"There will be plenty of time to take a look at their recommendations once they come forward," he said.

McConnell, a Republican, said that for the next three months Washington's debates would center on federal spending and the rising debt.

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madmilker wrote:
and Congress has no intentions to look into this….


most likely because the AMA and Pharmaceutical Lobbyist pay more than the NRA to those turnips on Jenkins Hill that don’t give a rat’s @ about freedom, liberty and hope…..only what they can spend in way of We the People’s future.

["In January 2012, the Mexican government reported that 47,515 people had been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón began a military assault on criminal cartels soon after taking office in late 2006.

The official tally, provided by the attorney general’s office, included data only through September 2011, and it showed that drug-related killings increased 11 percent, to 12,903, compared with the same nine-month period in 2010. Still, a government statement sought to find a silver lining, asserting that it was the first year since 2006 “that the homicide rate increase has been lower compared to the previous years.”

But that was unlikely to calm a public scared by the arrival of grisly violence in once-safe cities like Guadalajara and in the region around Mexico City."]

Whether a gun can shoot only one bullet or many at a time….

the gun itself ever changes…

Only the society where the gun is at….

Over 60,000 have died from all types of gun fire in Mexico since Operation Michoacan started ….

The right to keep and bear arms was first recognized as a constitutional right under Article 10 of the Mexican Constitution of 1857…….

BUT in 1917 and also in 1972 Article 10 of the present Constitution was reformed…..


you can come upon this site all you want and preach about how guns kill….

and one doesn’t have to be a sandwich short of a picnic to know that….

just look at the facts….

but what you fail to state in your plastering of hate of what guns of all types can do…


there is a finger in front of almost all those guns that are fired….

most attached to a person that loves outdoors, hunting and the shooting of guns as a sport…

The society in Mexico changed in the 60′s and in 1968 there where chants of ¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución! …..

and 20 to 30 people died….

Now, look at the past few years ….

62 killed in 2006
2,837 killed in 2007
6,844 killed in 2008
11,753 killed in 2009
19,546 killed in 2010
24,068 killed in 2011……

So, before you have the American Government change the Constitution….

maybe you need to ask how 24,068 people in Mexico last year got shot from living in a society where a person has the “right” to own nine long guns and one hand gun to be kept inside his/her home….

and outside the home it is a “privilege federal law” that is regulated and authorize on a case-by-case basis…..

Guns have only two enemies……RUST and POLITICIANS.

People have million of enemies….to which ignorance is at the top of that list.

“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson

This O’fart knows most here will mock at what is written but whether one has a third grade education or a Phd from Yale or Harvard you sir/madam will have to wait until the people in Hell are drinking ice water and character reappears on Jenkins Hill in Washington before I surrender any of the guns this O’fart owns.

“What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” – Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

Good day..!!

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