President Obama Re-Frames the Issue of Guns

In his press conference on gun control today, President Obama turned the gun rights/gun control argument in a very different direction, “away from the Second Amendment and toward rights and themes at the core of other foundational documents, as he unveiled his package of gun proposals.” By invoking The Declaration of Independence, the First Amendment, and the Gettysburg Address, President Obama “cast a new and different meaning on another familiar political phrase, the right to life.” “The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peaceably, that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado,” Obama said in an explicit reference to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. … Continue reading

New TIME/CNN Poll Shows Public Favors Stricter Gun Laws

A new TIME/CNN poll released today shows that “55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove,” and that polling ration also “mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.” The new poll also showed that “Vice President Joe Biden’s approval rating has spiked to 59%, up from 54% in December, amid high-profile turns negotiating the fiscal cliff deal and spearheading Obama’s firearms task force.” Get involved… Via Phonebank.org on Faceboook: Call the Congressional Switchboard today (202-224-3121) and let them know why they need to stop ignoring gun violence! Call your Representative to ban High Capacity Magazines here. Call … Continue reading

President Obama’s 23 Planned Executive Actions On Gun Control

Via Talking Points Memo, a list from the White House of the “23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre”: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. 5. … Continue reading

MoveOn Seeks To Back Obama Gun Plan

A prominent progressive advocacy group is soliciting funds to back up a plan to support the initiatives President Obama announced Wednesday to reduce the nation’s gun violence. In an email to supporters, MoveOn.org says its efforts are aimed at push the gun control efforts past the muscle of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun-control opponents. The president unveiled the new gun control measures–including mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, more money for mental health, and stronger enforcement of the laws currently on the books–in response to the schoolhouse massacre in December of young children and others in Newtown, Conn. “It took a horrifying, unthinkable tragedy to put … Continue reading

Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been more than forty School shootings in the United States, including Virginia Tech where 33 were killed. In his remarks at the Newtown memorial service the President referred to four mass shootings that have occurred on his watch: “Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the … Continue reading