Sunday, January 6, 2013

Shootout is looming in Congress!


"When you all go home and you're talking to your buddies and you say, ah 'He wants to take my gun away.' You've heard it here, I'm on television so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people's lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away,” said then U.S. Senator Barrick Obama at an 2008 Virginia campaign event.

But President Obama’s position on the second amendment has certainly changed since that event. According to sources, the White House is considering a broad approach to stopping gun violence. Plans are to do more than just reinstate the assault weapons ban and high capacity magazines.

Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the ‘Biden Group’ is considering asking Congress to pass legislation for universal background checks for people who buy firearms, a tracking system that will monitor the location of weapons through a national database and tougher penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.

They also want to reinstate the expired federal assault-weapons ban that prohibited the manufacturing of nineteen (19) models of semiautomatic guns classified as ‘assault’ weapons, including certain rifles and shot guns. The law also banned ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten(10) rounds. In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive order. According to sources, the Biden group plans to encourage President Obama to change federal mental-health programs and to empower the ATF to track weapons. The group plans to submit their recommendations to President and Congress before the end of the month.

Obama’s advisers have calculated the longer they wait and the more time that elapses from the Newtown massacre, the greater the risk Congress will have the political will to tackle gun control. “This(Gun Control) is not something that I will be putting off,” the President said on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

The administration plans to get gun retailers like Wal-Mart to get on board by requiring background checks for all gun purchases, even those made at gun shows or through a private transaction. That could result in more people buying guns in retail stores.

But the administration knows it faces a fight in the court of public opinion. A significant number of Americans recognize that gun control will not stop violence. The NRA has been somewhat quiet since Newtown, but at a news conference on December 21st, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, said that schools should have armed police officers in every school. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said. LaPierre is absolutely right and a recent incident in San Antonio illustrates that point.

On Sunday December 30th, a person entered a movie theater with weapons after shooting at a San Antonio police unit. The shooting immediately sparked thoughts of a mass slaying like the one in July that killed twelve people and injured fifty eight at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. But after the suspect reached the theater, an off duty County Sheriff officer, who was working at the theater, shot him. Only two were wounded. A good guy with a gun stopped a potential tragedy like Aurora. You likely didn’t hear much about the San Antonio incident because it didn’t fit the message the liberals wanted are pushing.

Three things to remember on this issue; First, bad guys are going to get guns no matter what. Secondly, guns protect the weak from the strong and finally more laws are not the answer.

I predict a shootout in the upcoming Congressional session over gun control. Make your voice known. Write your Congressman and Senator and tell them to stand firm and support the second amendment.

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