For the last time, President Obama is NOT taking away your guns. Simmer down, now! Let's come back down to Earth. (Oh who am I kidding -- I'll probably have to say it again and again.) Today the president introduced his plan to reduce gun violence. It's a set of proposed laws Congress could pass, if it can muster the cojones and valor, and a set of executive actions he could take.
Strangely enough, I did not see "revoke the second amendment" on either list!
Shocking, right? The way some people talk, you woulda thought that would be at the top of his agenda. But nope, it's a set of MODERATE proposals. And he's not even promising to do everything on the list. Some of the items don't even contain the word "gun" or "firearm." So let's see what's really there.
- Nominate an ATF director. There hasn't been a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives since 2006. Obama will nominate B. Todd Jones to the post.
- Require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. Kind of a no-brainer.
- Start a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign. OMG, so we can still haz guns? YES, but he'd like us to talk more about responsibility and safety.
- Direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence. Obama is also calling on Congress to approve funding for this research. There's been a freeze on CDC research on gun violence for 17 years.
- Clarify that the Affordable Care Act doesn't prohibit doctors from talking with their patients about gun safety. The NRA inserted a provision in the law that says doctors don't have to do this; Obama is clarifying that it's not prohibited, either.
- Improve the federal background checks system. There are several items addressing this, like incentives for states to share information, requiring federal agencies to make relevant information available, and giving law enforcement authorities the ability to run a full background check on a person before returning a seized gun.
- Provide law enforcement authorities, first responders, and school officials with proper training for armed attacks situations. Needless to say, I don't think Obama envisions this training quite the same way the NRA does.
And there's lots more. People who are sincerely interested in having an informed opinion on the president's initiative should read Obama's plan to reduce gun violence. Can we get a shout-out to Vice President Biden for doing a lot of the legwork on this thing?
Anyway, blah blah blah. I know there are people who CAN'T EVEN READ THESE WORDS clearly through the blood boiling in their eyeballs, and that must be hard. Tell you what. I'll work on my compassion for pro-gun advocates if they'll just entertain the notion for five seconds that some of these proposals might actually help curb gun violence without robbing law-abiding, responsible citizens of their rights.
Are you planning to learn what Obama's proposal actually includes?
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