On January 5, President Obama announced various executive actions to tighten gun control measures. Most of the news led with the fact that Obama cried during the press conference. The Scrapbook takes no stand on whether the tears were sincere. We believe the president cares about victims of gun violence, even if his preferred solutions are unworkable or unconstitutional.
What we can’t abide is the president's belief that people who disagree with him don't care about preventing violence. "The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids," Obama said in his January 1 radioRead more
In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting by a radicalized Muslim couple, House and Senate Democrats have spent the week pushing a dead-on-arrival measure to restrict gun purchases by those on the FBI's no-fly list.
Today, Senate Rs again blocked bill to prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns https://t.co/l3I7SHYv8B pic.twitter.com/fQvP2wwB0j— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) December 8, 2015
The proposal has drawn criticism from Republicans, liberals not in Congress, gun rights organizations, and civil libertarians (with the exception of the ACLU). Democrats are using the tragedy to push the gun control measure, with a series of coordinated speeches in the Senate.Read more
I remain perplexed by the current "debate" over gun laws. After President Obama's speech on Sunday, a great many pundits seemed to have raced forward with evaluating the political considerations of pitching new gun control laws for 2016. However, it seems to me that the logical and rhetorical considerations must be dealt with first.
Indeed, the arguments being mounted in favor of gun control are so terrible every way you look at them that assuming the people making them are being honest or rationally motivated seems to be a major mistake. Here's stab at a of taxonomy of the problems:
The president, and many other national Democratic leaders, are uniting behind a proposal to prevent people who are onRead more
President Obama used his address to the nation on ISIS and terrorism to push for gun control. "This is a matter of national security," Obama said from the Oval Office.
"There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security," said the president.
"We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.Read more
In a statement released this morning by the White House, President Obama used the shooting yesterday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado to push gun control.Read more
The Martin O'Malley campaign has released this video, hitting Hillary Clinton for flip-flopping on gun policy:
"While Secretary Clinton is in the middle of yet another policy reset--this time on gun safety--she just can't escape her past, poll-tested positions," the O'Malley campaign writes in an emailed press release of the video.Read more
The father of a Virginia television reporter who was murdered on air in August is calling for "commonsense gun control legislation" on behalf of the political committee of Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe.Read more
The Conference of States Parties—the first meeting of nations that have ratified the controversial Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)—wrapped up in Cancun on Thursday. Because it’s wisely not ratified the ATT, the U.S. was there as an observer.
So was I. And on Thursday, I got to observe as the U.S. got played.Read more
At the New York Times, Nick Kristof has written a column in favor gun control in the wake of Wednesday's terrible shooting of a local news personality and camera man near Roanoke, Virginia. It's a drearily predictable column in that it reiterates a number of pat talking points about gun control that are easily refuted. Kristof writes:Read more
A new poll from Suffolk University and USA Today finds the majority of Americans do not want to debate gun control in the 2016 presidential election. According to the poll of 1,000 adults, 52 percent say they would not like gun control to be a "significant subject" during the election, with 43 percent saying they would.
“There is more desire to tighten than to loosen [gun laws]," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a statement accompanying the release of the poll.Read more
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is being attacked in a new ad for not being liberal enough on guns.
"Bernie Sanders is no progressive when it comes to guns," says a voiceover in the 15-second spot, which criticizes the socialist senator's votes against two gun-control bills. The ad also notes the National Rifle Association's support for Sanders. Watch the video below:Read more
Last week the world of comic books reeled from two bits of sensational news. First, it was -revealed that Archie Andrews, hero of the classic Archie comics, was dead. Or rather, “dead,” as they put it in industry parlance, because only the Archie of one of the Archie books, Life with Archie, had bought the farm. (The Archie of the long-running flagship book, Archie, lives on.) What made Archie’s demise so notable was the manner in which he was dispatched. He was assassinated. Gunned down while valiantly saving the life of his friend. Who’s a war hero.Read more
WaPo Columnist: Obamacare, Gun Control Might've Prevented Yesterday's Police Shooting and Navy Yard Shooting
The White House just announced two new executive measures for gun control. The announcement came to reporters via email.
"FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence," the subject of the announcement reads.Read more
On Piers Morgan's CNN show, a gun violence victim asked if it would take a "senator to get shot" for Americans to be supportive of gun control:Read more
In a letter to a seven-year-old Wisconsin boy, Vice President Joe Biden considers the possibility of guns with chocolate bullets. Biden's letter reads:
Dear Myles,Read more
Just this week, news broke that the "world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun" was successfully built and test-fired by an engineer in Texas. The technology involves a special printer that uses melted polymers to generate plastic components for a variety of uses, now including working firearms. Today, in a press release announcing a $200 million program for a "Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes," the White House also touted a $30 million award in a similar competition in August 2012 for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.Read more
The National Rifle Association has a new ad defending Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire for her vote against the Toomey-Manchin gun control amendment.
"Seen this TV ad paid for by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg? Don't believe it," the voiceover says. "Kelly Ayotte voted for a bipartisan plan to make background checks more effective." Watch the NRA's ad below:Read more
President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.Read more
More and more of our political activity seems to be about making people feel good, so why should gun regulation be any exception? We were looking at the myriad regulations in Connecticut’s new gun law, for instance, and noticed its prohibition on loading more than 10 rounds into a large capacity magazine. The Scrapbook often encounters regulations it considers pointless, but this may set a new standard in naïveté: The law does not ban ownership of large capacity magazines, or using them—you just can’t load more than 10 bullets at a time. New York has a similar new regulation, which caps total bullets loaded at seven.Read more
Democratic senator Joe Manchin said he'd "absolutely" bring the gun control measures that failed in the Senate back for another vote:
"This not only protects your Second Amendment rights, it expands your Second Amendment rights," Manchin said, talking up the failed legislation. He said he believes it can pass if people "read the bill."Read more
Joe Biden says the president of the United States is preparing to take "executive actions" to deal with guns.
Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill.Read more
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