Sunday, December 16, 2012

Obama's failed Gun policies.

The President shed  only one  "tear" . Since he has been in office there
have been 3 mass shootings. What is wrong here?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading national voice for new gun control laws, said President Barack Obama hasn’t made enough of an effort to ban ownership of assault weapons and restrict gun sales to criminals and mentally ill buyers.   Bloomberg accused Obama, who has said he supports an assault weapons ban, of failing to act on the issue and other gun restrictions. “It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead,” he said. “This should be his number one agenda. He’s president of the United States, and if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns.President Obama missed a golden opportunity when, in the wake of the July massacre in Colorado, he failed to press Congress to ban assault weapons and outlaw large magazines for repeating firearms. The president should make good on his 2008 campaign promise to reinstate the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons, Bloomberg said. As far as guns goes Mr. Obama has been the NRA's best friend So, who knew Obama would be such a pro-gun president?  That goes without saying -- but ordinary citizens. Pressure came from the National Rifle Association, but if Obama thought it might appease the gun lobby, he was dead wrong. He's the most pro-gun Democratic president in recent memory but he's still being accused of harboring a "secret plan" to abolish all hand guns. Everyone now is  out buying guns because they think he’s going to confiscate them but here  ***he is signing a bill that allows gun owners with carry permits to carry loaded guns into national parksObama signed the bill despite a controversial clause inserted in the legislation by allies of the gun lobby group National Rifle Association. The language permits gun owners to carry concealed weapons in national parks, a rule which gun control advocates complain threatens public safety. Another flub thanks to President Obama .  Amtrak passengers will be allowed to bring unloaded guns on most trains starting in December, The Sacramento Bee reports.The policy, which took effect  Dec. 15, allows passengers to bring guns aboard trains that have checked baggage service. Unloaded firearms must be packed in hard-sided containers and will be stored in train lockers, the newspaper reports. The change, ordered by Congress, brings Amtrak's firearms policy in line with air travel rules that permit unloaded guns to be stored in locked baggage holds, the paper says. Well the politicians have kicked the can , so far we have had 3 mass shootings since Obama took office . Remember during the Presidential debates the question of gun control came up and it was dodged by  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address gun violence. In last night’s second presidential debate, Nina Gonzalez, an audience member, finally forced the issue by asking the candidates about guns. Both Obama and Romney said what their supporters wanted to hear, but neither offered up any proposals that would have any significant impact on gun deaths. You may not have noticed, but gun sales are booming these days. since  2011 was another record breaking year, with Americans purchasing some 10.8 million firearms, a 14% increase over 2010, and up 50% from ten years ago. Expect sales in 2012 to push even higher. Surveys among gun store owners and statistics on firearm background checks, among other sources, confirm that America's interest in gun ownership is growing exponentially. I think there are two reasons why these mass murders happen mostly in the US. It's not just the availability of semi-automatic weapons, although that is a big part of it. It is also the prevalence of the kind militant paranoia . As a "greatest nation" on the earth, it would be humbling to learn from other developed countries who have implemented strict gun control laws to deal with the tragic events without infringing on the rights of citizens, a concern often voiced by the conservatives. But at least make it a priority and undertake a bipartisan effort to achieve a conclusive goal. We owe it to the departed souls.


*** Obama said this way back in 2011 . 

"In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed from generation to generation. Hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage. And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners -- it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges."
That wasn't Ronald Reagan speaking, or even George W. Bush. It was Barack Obama in an op-ed published in March 2011. Obama, like so many Democrats these days, is running scared on the issue of gun control; one reason, despite last week's horrific killings in Aurora, Colorado, that you haven't heard a peep from him, or from his party on this issue. Going back to the Aurora massacre . The first gun that the Aurora shooter used was a shotgun, You know, the kind of gun that almost everyone agrees you should be able to own to "hunt" with? Well most all shotguns sold today are semi auto and they function exactly the same way an "assault rifle" does. But an "assault rifle" shoots the .223 round, meant for long flat shooting. Actually it's not all that lethal of a caliber and in certain cases rather survivable. The .223 is basically a reved up .22. Now take a 12 ga. shotgun loaded with heavy slug rounds. That combination will take your arm off at the shoulder of your leg off at the knee at 30 feet..and you don't really have to even aim to do it Adam Lanza on the other hand was a product of "bad parenting"  Nancy Lanza loved guns, and often took her sons to one of the shooting ranges here in the suburbs northeast of New York City, where there is an active community of gun enthusiasts, her friends said. At a local bar, she sometimes talked about her gun collection.It was one of her guns that was apparently used to take her life on Friday. Her killer was her son Adam Lanza, 20, who then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 26 more people, 20 of them small children, before shooting himself, the authorities said. Ms. Lanza’s fascination with guns became an important focus of attention on Saturday as investigators tried to determine what caused Mr. Lanza to carry out one of the worst massacres in the nation’s history.

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