Sound Off: President to Propose New Gun Laws Today

President Barack Obama is expected to announce a proposal to ban certain guns and increase background checks on gun buyers.

In the wake of a series of mass murders that have plagued the country recently, President Barack Obama today is expected to propose an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and increased background checks on gun buyers.

Following the Newtown Massacre in which a lone gunman shot 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself, the president vowed to curb gun violence with tougher restrictions. The Newtown shooting came just months after the Aurora movie theater massacre, in which 12 people were killed and 58 wounded and a year after the Tucson shooting in which U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot along with 18 others, including six who died. Each of those massacres were committed with the kind of high-capacity magazines targeted by the president, according to The New York Times.

According to the newspaper:

Some of the proposals that Mr. Obama is expected to make at the White House on Wednesday, which are likely to include a call for expanded background checks, a ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity clips, will be intended not only to prevent high-profile mass shootings, but also to curb the more commonplace gun violence that claims many thousands more lives every year.

“The president has made clear that he intends to take a comprehensive approach,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday. Mr. Carney said the proposals were aimed, broadly, at what he called “the scourge of gun violence in this country.”

In 2011, 6,220 people were killed by handguns, and 323 by rifles, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. So while the administration is expected to try to restrict some types of assault weapons, it is also focusing on ways to keep more commonly used firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals and people with mental illness.

Orange County’s deadliest mass murder, the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach that killed eight people, was committed with a 9 mm handgun and a .44 magnum revolver, neither of which are the kind of high-capacity weapons used in the Newtown massacre. However, attorneys for the alleged salon gunman, have alluded to his mental illness, hinting that it will play a role in his upcoming death penalty trial.

Has your attitude toward gun control changed in light of the recent massacres? Would you support or oppose the kind of bans and restrictions the president is expected to propose today?

Jasper Downs III January 18, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Indeed, words do mean things. There are a few more words in the second amendment that you seem to be omitting, "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, ...". A bunch of rednecks running around with high powered semi-automatic weapons equipped with 30 round clips sounds like the exact opposite of "well regulated" to me. Can we not apply some meaning to those words? Perhaps the slobbering idiot could speak to that ...
John B. Greet January 18, 2013 at 04:51 AM
"In the meantime you seem content to make no changes at all to gun laws federally." Quite the contrary, I would love to make changes to federal firearms laws. I would make them more compliant with the constitution by seeing that they only had jurisdiction on federal lands and properties and over federal employees, contractors, and vendors. "And you seem comfortable with any kind of guns carried by anyone who wants to carry them." Not true. I favor any law-abiding, adult citizen willing to assume the many responsibilities of gun ownership (including adequate training and acceptable storage when not in use) carrying any concealed weapon of those types commonly available to private persons. "The idea of guns in schools terrifies me on so many levels." The idea of armed criminals wandering our schools and other public areas and massacring innocent people while they cower helplessly because there is no one present to defend them is what terrifies me. You will not remove all of the guns from our society. Because this is so, violent criminals will always find a way to arm themselves and victimize others. Because this is so, the best and only way to stop them once they have commenced their assault is for a good person or good people who are also armed and already present to stop them using whatever force may be necessary. You disagree. I respect your disagreement.
John B. Greet January 18, 2013 at 04:56 AM
"Really John? You want to leave out the mental health screening so that the Lanza's of this world can directly purchase the guns themselves?" I simply believe that we should not focus on mental or emotional health screenings of dubious accuracy and, therefore limited value and effectiveness. Further, if my state decided to mandate such a requirement, I would certainly comply with it, even though I did not support it. My challenge is that the good folks in another state may not want to enact such a requirement and, if so, they should not have to be subject to it while within their own state. "The steps we need to take include screenings for everyone and the banning of unnecessary fire power owned by anyone except police and military." I appreciate that you believe this and I think if the majority of voters in your state agree, then that's what you should do. I do not think the Fed should presume to impose such blanket measures on all states (because I believe them to be unconstitutional). The underlying purpose of the 2nd amendment is to codify the people's right to defend themselves against government tyranny. If only the military and police have access to commonly-used firearms of the day, then the 2nd amendment loses its entire purpose. "We can never prevent every gun tragedy but surely we can take simple steps that may prevent some." Agreed. So take steps that actually have that effect. Disarming law-abiding citizens does not do so.
ms.sc. January 18, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Your compiment is creepy. Seek help Robert,
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 18, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Better yet, I should remove patch,but they are going to retsructure the operation, so we will see. I bring too much readership to Patch....They know that good writing is a priority. As for Shiri comment....it sounds like you are saying that she has an inferiority complex. If ego insults the brain, it seems the brain deserves more ego.


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