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Posted on 12/19/2012 10:31:49 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Obama Says All Gun Buyers Should Face Checks By JARED A. FAVOLE
WASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday said all gun buyers should be subject to background checks, offering his most specific proposal in the wake of the shooting spree at a Connecticut school and setting up a potential fight with gun-rights advocates.
"This time words must lead to action," Mr. Obama said from the White House, where he also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would oversee an effort to get ideas for changing gun and mental-health laws to Congress. "The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing."
Mr. Obama spoke five days after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., left 20 children and six adults dead. The shooting has prompted widespread calls for a look at the nation's gun and mental-health laws. The president acknowledged the call for quick change, speaking on a day when more funerals were planned for some of the victims.
Mr. Obama said he wanted Mr. Biden and his cabinet to get concrete ideas to him no later than January, "proposals that I then intend to push without delay." He urged Congress to vote on the measures once they arrive.
Mr. Biden could be essential to getting any changes to gun and mental-health laws through Congress, as he has decades of experience as a senator and often is Mr. Obama's go-to person when the president seeks to build support on Capitol Hill. Mr. Obama said he also chose Mr. Biden because he wrote a 1994 crime bill that led to a drop in violence.
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What if they’re illegal aliens, like Obambozo? Would that give us his illegal alien profile?
They weren’t his guns. They were stolen by him.
Hey Obama, how about a mental background check on your Democratic Precinct Chairman John Cobarruvias for saying NRA leadership and members should be shot? You and your party are complete, sociopathic hypocrites.
just like he ‘checked’ Fast N Furious?
****President Barack Obama on Wednesday said all gun buyers should be subject to background checks,***
And pray tell, just how many shootings would that have stopped?
“Today we make America safe by taking guns out of the hands of criminals!”-Lyndon Johnson when he signed the 1968 GCA into law.
Ok Zero I want to see your college transcripts!
Candidates for President should have background checks too.
Not only that: after what happened children of gun buyers should undergo checks!
Including the buyers of guns from the trunk of someone’s car in Watts, LA, California? Or the Bronx, NYC, NY, or Hyde Park, Chicago, IL?
How about background checks for those who wish to exercise their FIRST ammendment rights?
One can almost imagine—that buried deep inside the Obamacare bill, there’s a “safe health” provision that allows for lots of controls around dangerous things like Bibles, talk radio, and firearms. If not direct controls, I would suspect that there’s some mental health controls that will be mandated.
Guess if they DID manage to pass something like this - or EO it more likely, we’d have to start watching for sting operations on private sales, just like drugs.
He should go through a background check before he steals guns.
NUTimes reporting that he will use his executive powers to overcome opposition to gun control.
Sure thing Barry.
As soon as we do a complete background check on you.
Yes, and Presidential candidates should have valid birth certificates proving NBC status.
0bama on Gun Control
“Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions
Hale DeMar, a 52-year-old Wilmette resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor violations for shooting, in the shoulder and leg, a burglar who broke into his home not once, but twice. Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against DeMar.
In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.
Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.
On Nov. 17, the Illinois House voted overwhelmingly, 85-30, to override the governor’s veto and Senate Bill 2165 became law.
Source: Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi, p.241-242 Aug 1, 2008
Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws
Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individuals right to bear arms?
A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government cant constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.
Q: But do you still favor the registration & licensing of guns?
A: I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals dont have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets.
Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008
FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban
Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. Obama responded, No, my writing wasnt on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.
Actually, Obamas writing was on the 1996 document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line:
35. Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.
Obamas campaign said, Sen. Obama didnt fill out these state Senate questionnaires—a staffer did—and there are several answers that didnt reflect his views then or now. He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire, but some answers didnt reflect his views.
Source: FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 Philadelphia primary debate Apr 16, 2008
April 2008: “Bittergate” labeled Obama elitist
April 11th produced “Bittergate.” The Huffington Post website posted an explanation Obama gave at a private fundraiser in San Francisco of the challenges he faced with working-class voters in Pennsylvania and Indiana. “It’s not surprising they get bitter,” he said, referring to decades of constrained economic opportunities. “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Clinton said the remarks were “not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans.” McCain said Obama showed “breathtaking” elitism. Obama challenged the accusations, and noted in response to the charge of elitism that he had been raised by a single mother who relied on food stamps, but conceded he could have been more diplomatic.
Source: Obama for Beginners, by Bob Neer, p. 61 Apr 1, 2008
Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok
Q: You said recently, I have no intention of taking away folks guns. But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and youve said that its constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions?
A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think its important for us to recognize that weve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and peoples traditions.
Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview Feb 11, 2008
Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing
Q: When you were in the state senate, you talked about licensing and registering gun owners. Would you do that as president?
A: I dont think that we can get that done. But what we can do is to provide just some common-sense enforcement. The efforts by law enforcement to obtain the information required to trace back guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers. As president, I intend to make it happen. We essentially have two realities, when it comes to guns, in this country. Youve got the tradition of lawful gun ownership. It is very important for many Americans to be able to hunt, fish, take their kids out, teach them how to shoot. Then youve got the reality of 34 Chicago public school students who get shot down on the streets of Chicago. We can reconcile those two realities by making sure the Second Amendment is respected and that people are able to lawfully own guns, but that we also start cracking down on the kinds of abuses of firearms that we see on the streets.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Las Vegas Jan 15, 2008
2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month
Obama sought moderate gun control measures, such as a 2000 bill he cosponsored to limit handgun purchases to one per month (it did not pass). He voted against letting people violate local weapons bans in cases of self-defense, but also voted in2004 to let retired police officers carry concealed handguns.
Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p.148 Oct 30, 2007
Concealed carry OK for retired police officers
Obama voted for a bill in the Illinois senate that allowed retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons. If there was any issue on which Obama rarely deviated, it was gun control. He was the most strident candidate when it came to enforcin and expanding gun control laws. So this vote jumped out as inconsistent.
When I queried him about the vote, he said, I didnt find that [vote] surprising. I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry. This was a narrow exception in an exceptional circumstance where a retired police officer might find himself vulnerable as a consequence of the work he has previously done—and had been trained extensively in the proper use of firearms.
It wasnt until a few weeks later that another theory came forward about the uncharacteristic vote. Obama was battling with his GOP opponent to win the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Source: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell, p.250-251 Aug 14, 2007
Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities
Q: How would you address gun violence that continues to be the #1 cause of death among African-American men?
A: You know, when the massacre happened at Virginia Tech, I think all of us were grief stricken and shocked by the carnage. But in this year alone, in Chicago, weve had 34 Chicago public school students gunned down and killed. And for the most part, there has been silence. We know what to do. Weve got to enforce the gun laws that are on the books. Weve got to make sure that unscrupulous gun dealers arent loading up vans and dumping guns in our communities, because we know theyre not made in our communities. There arent any gun manufacturers here, right here in the middle of Detroit. But what we also have to do is to make sure that we change our politics so that we care just as much about those 30-some children in Chicago whove been shot as we do the children in Virginia Tech. Thats a mindset that we have to have in the White House and we dont have it right now.
Source: 2007 NAACP Presidential Primary Forum Jul 12, 2007
Keep guns out of inner cities—but also problem of morality
I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturers’ lobby. But I also believe that when a gangbanger shoots indiscriminately into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected him, we have a problem of morality. Not only do we need to punish that man for his crime, but we need to acknowledge that theres a hole in his heart, one that government programs alone may not be able to repair.
Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.215 Oct 1, 2006
Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban
KEYES: [to Obama]: I am a strong believer in the second amendment. The gun control mentality is ruthlessly absurd. It suggests that we should pass a law that prevents law abiding citizens from carrying weapons. You end up with a situation where the crook have all the guns and the law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves. I guess thats good enough for Senator Obama who voted against the bill that would have allowed homeowners to defend themselves if their homes were broken into.
OBAMA: Lets be honest. Mr. Keyes does not believe in common gun control measures like the assault weapons bill. Mr. Keyes does not believe in any limits from what I can tell with respect to the possession of guns, including assault weapons that have only one purpose, to kill people. I think it is a scandal that this president did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban.
Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions
Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998
Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others. Voting YES would: Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime
Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect
Call for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought
Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations
Require all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S 397 ; vote number 2005-219 on Jul 29, 2005 “
This is good. It means he’s over-confident and has begun over-reaching. It will get him nowhere.
All gun buyers already go through background checks. Wouldn’t have helped in Connecticut, anyway. The mother was the owner and she was irresponsible enough to provide access to her crazy son.
If there are going to be more laws and restrictions then perhaps illegal aliens should not be allowed to buy guns. That will tick them off. In fact we should find a way to attack leftst groups every chance we get.
Biden overseeing changing to mental health laws???
Biden could be essential to getting any changes to gun and mental-health laws through Congress, as he has decades of experience of mental-health issues.
Supporters of the 2nd Amendment should be relieved; if Obama were serious about curbing gun ownership by private citizens, he would not have appointed Biden to oversee the effort.
how about sending guns to Mexico which have killed hundred and still do.
How about the deaths in his city Chicago.
The left are unhinged, anything to delect the attention away form their failed social engineering, .
they wanted the break up of the traditional family and have a more modern way of rasing kids and they now get what they sow and instead of admitting they failed ion their social engineering they go after us .
You think guns and ammo are already flying off of store shelves? Wait until this latest pronouncement gets wide-spread airplay. They’ll be like Johnnie cakes at a lumberjack convention.
in addition to trigger locks, you need to buy a one ton safe as well.
I agree completely. Obama just punted this, it’s going to be as sucessful as Recovery Summer.
this a$$ clown who has his finger on the button.trigger hasn’t had a background check..start with him.
notice how the left ignore their failed social engineering, how they attacked the traditional family, told us how to raise kids and now we have this crap going on.
Notice how some are ignoring how the mother took her kid to the gun range when she knew he was out of mainstream and how she left the guns about.
Did she biy the guns for herself or was it for her kid thinking she was losing him so she wanted to buy him what he wanted and be his friend.
If she wanted those guns then she must be just a handful of CT women teachers then.
Who writes these headlines? I thought this was another stimulus idea. He should suggest that idea to Eric Holder. Holder can implement it before selling guns to Mexican drug cartels.
Just a simple statistical question, how many of the guns used by convicted criminals were legally bought by those same criminals? If the percentage is what I think it is, what would this effort accomplish OTHER than adding to the government control and cost of the transaction? Would it have stopped this crime?
Liberal mental vacuum working here. No neurons need apply.
All candidates for any public office from dog catcher to president should face background checks up the wazoo including the ‘mental health’ checks they are so frikking fond of. They should be disqualified for past and/or present drug and alcohol use and be drug tested every single month. Felons should be automatically disqualified. Their finances should be open to public scrutiny every day that they serve and there should be no exemptions for themselves from any law they pass on their constituents.
And that is just for starters.
Let Obama and Biden declare ALL guns and ALL ammo banned in Chicago & D.C. as a test case for their new gun legislation.
We could see how it works in the most dangerous places in the country, before letting them take away the Second Amendment rights that were enumerated by the Founders.
Problem solved in 1968.
“Today we begin to disarm the criminal and the careless and the insane. All of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day.- Lyndon Johnson when he signed the 1968 GCA into law.
Our mistake is accepting their premises.
They put forth benevolent, high-sounding goals,
but those aren’t their actual goals.
Their goal is total subjugation and control.
Everything they do makes sense through that lens.
Notice how they NEVER say what they’re going to do about guns in the hands of criminals? Never. It’s deliberate. They intentionally leave guns in the hands of criminals and do everything they can to keep honest, law-abiding citizens from having them.
They want the “downtrodden” “underclass” “oppressed” to rise up and take what is “rightfully” theirs from the “oppressors.”
Sure Barry, right after a national Voter ID requirement, enforcing the law on ~20M illegal aliens living in the country, and you tell us ALL about Fast-n-Furious and Benghazi..
Hey Obama does that include YOU too..does FAST AND FURIOUS ring a bell
All presidents should be subject to background checks too!
I was thinking the same thing.
“Obama Says All Gun Buyers Should Face Checks”
Dude! I dont even know what the f*ck your real name is!
I was thinking the same thing.
How do you know if Nancy Lanza had a gun safe or not ?
Maybe Adam broke into her gun safe or figured out the combination over time or find the keys to her gun safe or whatever ?
"1935 will go down in History! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead to the future!" -- Adolf Hitler
"If the opposition (citizen) disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves." -- Josef Stalin
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty, teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon and citizens' firearms are indelibly related. From the hour the pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that, to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 and 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil influence. They deserve a place of honor with all that's good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour." -- George Washington
"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. -- Abraham Lincoln
They want us to be like the European countries that they so admire. Obama, the man child (as Rush named him) is the biggest fraud to the presidency, I do believe. They read these forums all over the net to know that Many citizens are not buying their spin and lies any longer. In turn, they are mostly worried that the ground swell will rise up, to say no more out of control spending and changing America. This is all that this is. They are afraid of us not taking their orders or allowing them to precede their abuse of power as a normal day function. They have to control the populace. Like Shelia Jackson Lee, she's becoming fearful of us. She is just spilling the beans what her powerful friends are saying behind the private doors.
I hope you’re right, but I am not so confident.
“This time words must lead to action,”
Notice he didn’t say effective action to prevent such massacres.
Shame on B.O. for seeking to further criminalize self defense.
The blood of the Sandy Hook massacre victims is upon him and all those who seek to prevent self-defense in the class room.
She took him shooting with her, and trained him at a time when a reasonable person quite likely ought to have known that he was mentally unstable. If she kept her guns locked up, obviously the degree of security employed was insufficient. She didn’t deserve to die for that lapse in judgment, but neither did a host of innocent children. We’ll certainly find out more in the near future.
Even Mexican drug lords?(cough, cough)