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January 16, 2013 1:07 PM Obama’s Gun Plan

By Ed Kilgore

So the president has made his speech announcing a “plan” to reduce gun violence through a combination of legislation and executive orders. The latter include 23 items, mostly dealing with background checks and mental health education. And the former, less likely to be enacted, initiatives include the following, per WaPo’s Philip Rucker and William Branigin:

Obama’s plan also includes reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban, restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, getting rid of armor-piercing bullets, ending a freeze on research into gun violence and providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime. It calls on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals,” according to the White House fact sheet.

The president cleverly reminded Republicans that Ronald Reagan supported an assault weapons ban, though presumably that was before secular-socialists led by Obama himself reduced American liberties to a bare minimum, making the stockpiling of military hardware in private homes a patriotic must.

It’s a sad commentary on the drift of the gun control debate over the years that this modest package has “overjoyed” advocates of stronger gun regulation, and is already being described by some conservative gabbers as as representing the end of American freedom and the destruction of the U.S. Constitution.

As with other Obama proposals like universal health coverage and action on climate change, he’s representing what used to be, and not that long ago, considered the bipartisan “center” of national politics. But believe me, within a few days it will spur the most savage ideological warfare imaginable.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on January 16, 2013 1:21 PM:

    I hate to sound even more pessimistic than I normaly am, but I can't help but be fearful that some of these nuts might decide to start shooting in the coming days - you know, to protest Obama coming to get the guns he's not coming for.

    I think the over-under on mass shootings in the next week, is 4.

    Oh, and the NRA leadership will deserve their special spot in Hell for bringing the President's daughters into this discussion.
    You can't get much uglier, or more stupid, than that.

  • Josef K on January 16, 2013 1:23 PM:

    But believe me, within a few days it will spur the most savage ideological warfare imaginable.

    At least we know which side which is on. The question is how much of the country is going to buy the NRA's canned lines at this point. It hasn't done itself any favors of late, and it seems like we're getting news of another school shooting every damned day now.

    Gods help us if some nutjob really goes over the edge in the near future.

  • lou on January 16, 2013 1:25 PM:

    Gun and ammo companies lickin' lips at the arms-a-gettin'. Right wing militia numbers exploding. If things weren't ugly enough already. We shoot for exceptionalism in all the wrong ways.

    A personal note: I live in a rural area in central IL. During my walks in the countryside, I have been hearing a lot more target shooting going on in the past few months. People ain't just buying a shitload of guns, they are shooting them. Sucks. The noise alone ain't exactly what an increasingly crowded planet needs to restore its sanity. But its music to the arms industry.

  • davidp on January 16, 2013 1:29 PM:

    Maybe we're about to reach the "Have you no decency?" moment.

  • Anonymous on January 16, 2013 2:03 PM:

    Friend of a friend on FB says he's buying a lot of large capacity magazines in response. I'm sure he's not dangerous to his fellow humans, however I wonder if he's given thought to what might happen should a deranged person get ahold of his guns and/or ammo.

    I listened to Erich Pratt (Gun Owners of America) speaking with Andrea Mitchell just a bit ago. What an asshole. Mitchell pushed back pretty hard and asked some good questions, even interrupting him many times. The interview might be available on the MSNBC website if you're interested (I haven't looked to see if it's up).

  • Ron Byers on January 16, 2013 2:37 PM:

    I read the President's proposals and his 23 executive actions are all pretty simple. No constitutional overreach there. In fact I am surprised most of them aren't already in place.

    The legislative actions are mostly easy with the exceptions of the assault weapons ban and the limit on magazine capacity. I don't really care about the assault weapons ban. Guns are guns no matter how they look to a lay person. There are no cuddly guns.

    That said the real restriction is in the magazine capacity proposal. That is going to be a really heavy lift because most modern full sized semi-auto pistols (Glock style pistols) have magazines larger than 10 rounds.

  • Raoul on January 16, 2013 2:47 PM:

    Sadder still was Kevin Drum's soggy cornflakes lament about how unpassable Obama's proposal would be.

    Update: Greg Sargent seems to have added a little bit of starch to Drum's shorts. More of this, please.

  • Jim Keating on January 16, 2013 6:07 PM:

    A point that does not seem to be well known is that the Mi1itia act of 1903 has a provision that all males are required to serve in the militia reserve until the age of 40. I think that this part of the act should be amended to eliminate this provision and then to litigate the second amendment on the grounds that the right to bear arms as a militia are no longer necessary.

  • Jim Keating on January 16, 2013 6:09 PM:

    A point that does not seem to be well known is that the Mi1itia act of 1903 has a provision that all males are required to serve in the militia reserve until the age of 40. I think that this part of the act should be amended to eliminate this provision and then to litigate the second amendment on the grounds that the right to bear arms as a militia are no longer necessary.

  • Dr. Pete on January 16, 2013 8:18 PM:

    Why is the real problem not being addressed? Guns are inanimate objects, incapable of injuring anyone or anything on their own. However, when somebody who might be a little unstable in the mind, angry at the world or at just one person or has a bolus of gas he/she can't squeeze out gets riled up, he or she can rain down a whole "lotta" hurt on the neighborhood! Might we begin to hold people to be accountable for their action? Let's get the bad guys and gals out of the public! Let's not worry about the 100 million law abiding gun owner who would not harm a hair on anyone for any reason except for defense of self and family and maybe the good folks in America. Let's just hold the bad guys responsible for their actions and if their actions are evil, they can try better in their next lives -- 10 minutes after they leave this one!

  • joseph burford on January 16, 2013 11:35 PM:

    This is a prime example what happens when you take God out of schools, home and the government.This nation is cursed and because of it and we are paying for it now. I really feel bad for our kids. There is no future for them. The americans have a whole lot worst things coming there way if only they could wake up.

  • c u n d gulag on January 17, 2013 9:26 AM:

    Yes, joseph buford, let's wake up and put God back in the place he/she/it never was - our public schools!

    Perhaps we should model the future Christian education in our public schools on the Saudi Arabian Madrassa's?

    No seperation of State and Churc... er, uhm... Mosque, there!

    Oh, and btw - no one's stopping a child from praying in schools.
    Even as a young Agnostic, back in the early 70's, I was known to have thrown up a few prayers before a NY State Regents exam.

  • Elizabeth on January 17, 2013 10:31 AM:

    While all this gun control action may help in a few cases, is anyone bothering to address our abysmal treatment of the mentally ill?