WASHINGTON— Without waiting for Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping $500 million program to curb gun violence, setting up a fight over universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. Obama also used his presidential powers to issue 23 orders that don´t require congressional approval. The largely incremental executive steps include requiring federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a fulltime director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers
Interesting how the tragic act of a deranged individual merits a massive response, but the deliberate, coordinated, criminal activities of the executive branch, called "Fast and Furious", are marginalized and ignored.
Where is the money coming from? Was it authorized by the House? I guess since we haven´t had a budget for 3 years, we don´t need one, and Obama can spend whatever he wants on anything. Unless there is an appropriations bill to back this spending, the House should shut him down
Before the armed guards at Sidwell, the Obama kids were guarded by security at the U of Chicago Laboratory School. The children of Congressmen and staffers on Capitol Hill are guarded at the daycare center by armed USCapitol Police.
That jive high five to the fur children at the end of his muddled comments was absolutely inappropriate. We have a wannabe ghetto thug as president, who is an advocate for illegal drug use, which, in turn, is the basis for the gang violence as they carve out sales areas. "I like marijuana but prefer cocaine, when I can afford it." Barack Hussein Obama, Dreams From My Father, 1995.
And - from his literary agent, for the period 1995 to 2007 - Born in kenya to a kenyan economist and american anthroplogist....
So, is anyone going to ask a school principal or official or the Prezy how this makes things better when a bad guy approaches a school with weapons? The schools are disarmed.Any location that does not allow guns is a target. So,no matter how many laws, rules, whatever, bear in mind: a criminal does NOT follow rules. The most vulnerable are still vulnerable, unprotected and sitting ducks.
Obama has not spent one minute in Chicago speaking with his own Southside neighbors about the deaths of their innocent children at the hands of the thug "children" of his other neighbors. These are the same people who turn out to welcome him adoringly when he deigns to make rare trip back to the house....A house that needs 3 shifts of ARMED Secret Service to guard it while it stands empty. (He usually stays elsewhere when in Chicago).
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Would any of this bee ess have stopped the massacre at Newtown? WHO does he think he is kidding? Has Obama had HIS background check for president yet? What a brazen power grab from the People this is..it is tied in with Obamacare..answer the questions or die.
I love the picture on Drudge of Obama dressed up as a doctor. A lot of these Exec Orders are changes to Obamacare. Cartoonists NB... Hey Doc I don´t feel well what should I do... Answer: fill in this form. Do you have any Guns at home?
To those with children in school: are you seriously worried about gun violence affecting your child? I´m not. These shootings are isolated incidents carried out by mentally ill people. Would any of these new measures have prevented this shooting? I think not. The guns were legally-owned and registered. How would more gun control of the type they are talking about prevent a mentally ill son from stealing his mother´s legally-owned guns?
After reading all of the executive orders the only thing I´m worried about is the future of the GOP: there is nothing in there that infringes on the rights of the second amendment and if the GOP continues to lie to the public and/or act like the sky is falling whenever Dear Leader does something, they will lose all credibility. The GOP used to be the rational, sober party. Now it´s full of hysterical bomb throwers.
#28 You´re conveniently ignoring what he charged congress to accomplish. THAT list *is* an infringement, and the Republicans who don´t see that will be much more responsible for the death of the GOP than is the NRA.
We´d all be better off if the $500 million were to be dedicated to getting the psychotics in our midst into institutions. If romantic liberals in the "caring professions" hadn´t pushed for the deinstitutionalizing of crazies, there would have been no Aurora, no VMI, no Tucson and no Sandy Hook.
But I suppose they´re useful tools for the gun haters.
Requiring background checks for the sale of private arms is nothing more than the govt initiating and maintaining a database of gun ownership.
It´s forced registration.
I will NOT do that. We must resist.
If you want to buy a gun from me and have cash and an ID, you got it. Big Bro can go pound sand.
Unfortunately, I don´t have any guns. I lost all my guns in the flood, the hurricane, the tornado, a burglary, and those that I did manage to save were sold by my ex-wife while I was in jail in Mexico. So I now live in a gun free zone.
When has obama ever had justification for anything he has done? We need not look for a reason because there is none. We can blame ourselves and our no-guts congress for standing by and watching him act like dictator of the world. An all out gun grab will be more difficult than an information exchange since his people will be trampling on the constitution while we defend it. Now there´s justification fer ya.
We have to start thinking outside of the box. How about a million man & woman march on Washington. If the blacks can do so can we. Desperate times call for desperate actions! We have to take our country back!
Barry´s looking more and more like his daddy... Frank Marshall Davis. Liberal, progressive, socialist, communist, jacka$$--none can accurately describe Barry´s contempt for America, Americans, and our Constitution.
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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