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Congress and Gun Control

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  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I realize that the Obama team suggests that they can possibly use executive powers to pass some new and stronger form of gun control, but all the digging I could do went so far as to refute that claim. Insofar as I could find, the bottom line seems to be that there is no congressional authority on the books that would legally allow the President himself to make the ownership/transfer of any gun, including large capacity ammunition feeding devices, illegal. I did read that it might be possible to accomplish this via revising the Second Amendment, although I have no idea how that process might be done.

    All this would be a moot point IF V.P. Biden's recommendations (at least those accepted by the President) were to be voted "up" by the Congress, but what are the chances of that happening? As always, the Republican House is out to vote down anything the President tries to do.

    I guess this means that the NRA wins again, and with their continued zillions of dollars in gun and ammunition sales, they will continue to support those candidates that vote in their interest. What a shame.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    michaels39301 Wrote: I realize that the Obama team suggests that they can possibly use executive powers to pass some new and stronger form of gun control, but all the digging I could do went so far as to refute that claim. Insofar as I could find, the bottom line seems to be that there is no congressional authority on the books that would legally allow the President himself to make the ownership/transfer of any gun, including large capacity ammunition feeding devices, illegal. I did read that it might be possible to accomplish this via revising the Second Amendment, although I have no idea how that process might be done.

    All this would be a moot point IF V.P. Biden's recommendations (at least those accepted by the President) were to be voted "up" by the Congress, but what are the chances of that happening? As always, the Republican House is out to vote down anything the President tries to do.

    I guess this means that the NRA wins again, and with their continued zillions of dollars in gun and ammunition sales, they will continue to support those candidates that vote in their interest. What a shame.
    Yours would seem to be a very possible scenario. But the Congressional Rebublicans ( now the Tea Baggers ) are coming under unexpected scrutiny from the public in recent days. Their determination to block everything that Obama suggests has caused the Congress to experience its lowest approval rating ever. Middle of the road Republicans ( a contradiction in terms ? ) may be ready to break with their more pit bullish colleauges......at least enough of them to pass a bill. Personally, I think we will get something out of this but, as with measures like ObamaCare ,
    it won't go far enough, and it certainly won't deter the whackies if they are determined. There are an estimated 300 million guns floating around besides the ones being sold at gun shows. The illegal sale of these guns is greater than the numbers being sold legally.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Right you are left, (sounds like a figure of speech), the whole scenario seems like a lost cause. There is no way to retrieve all those millions of guns and even if there was a way, the gun owners would not comply. And I hardly blame the majority of them, but not the semi and automatic owners. I'm sure glad that this didn't happen in my younger years. I would hate the thought of having to live my entire life in a society that has all those weapons. In fact, I bet all this is a huge factor affecting the life expectancy of Americans, as we go forward.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels/left" as I said many times about this subject you both are right. The future of this country may go a wrong direction; but as a typical reaction as is always done; automatically counties and cities will ask for more police in the future in order to stem the tide of gun violence,you see already the results related to guards in school and training of teachers to use assault riffles. I think this development will continue, with extra cost for the taxpayer. So in the future then slowly becomes a police state like now already on the airports. How it wouldlook like in 10 years, I have no clue, except that our property taxes will have doubled for sure,because of that.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Dutch Wrote: "michaels/left" as I said many times about this subject you both are right. The future of this country may go a wrong direction; but as a typical reaction as is always done; automatically counties and cities will ask for more police in the future in order to stem the tide of gun violence,you see already the results related to guards in school and training of teachers to use assault riffles. I think this development will continue, with extra cost for the taxpayer. So in the future then slowly becomes a police state like now already on the airports. How it wouldlook like in 10 years, I have no clue, except that our property taxes will have doubled for sure,because of that.
    You are right about the call for greater poice presence in the nation, but if you haven't read...The New Jim Crow,,,,you have no idea of the danger already afoot in the US.
  • Democrat
    Issaquah, WA
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    I wonder how many members of Congress, and how FEW citizens know that former President Bush, SR. Resigned from the NRA because of Wayne LaPierre and many other NRA members sympathy with Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma Bombing?

    http://articles.latimes.com/1995-05-11/news/mn-651...

    LaPierre and many of his fellow NRA followers are, in fact, anarchists. Check out their history...

    I also wonder how many KKK and Aryan Nation members are ALSO in the NRA?????