NATIONAL (BTSNews) Jan. 14, 2013 — In a press conference earlier today, President Obama said he would act decisively to prevent another Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. At the press conference, the President affirmed that he would review today proposals from the gun safety task force headed by Vice President Biden. Those proposals are expected to include a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as impose comprehensive background checks for all gun sales. In an effort to placate gun owners and members of the pro-gun lobby, the President added:
As for people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think we have seen for some time now that those who oppose any commonsense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government is a about to take all your guns away…. But I think that those of who have looked at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners, people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship, they don’t have anything to worry about.
The President noted, however, that he was willing and able to use presidential executive action to impose gun control legislation without congressional approval. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), however, threatened to file articles of impeachment against the President if such an order issues from the White House.
BEHIND THE SCENES, President Obama has enacted Executive Orders many have considered highly controversial, including Executive Order 10995, which Assigns telecommunications management functions, but many have understood as authorizing Federal action to seize and control communications media.
Notwithstanding such Executive Orders, President Obama is not the first Commander in Chief to seek gun control reform. Following Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination (which occurred just weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.), President Johnson urged Congress to enact comprehensive gun control reform. Despite his efforts to “beat the NRA into the offices of members of Congress,” President Johnson was unable to require the licensing of all gun owners and registration of all guns. Instead, he came away with watered down legislation that merely prohibited mail-order gun sales and the sale/importation of cheap “$10 specials.”
If history is any indication, the nation will slowly forget the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Gun anger will likely fade among the majority of Americans, and the horror of that day — as well as the days in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Aurora and Columbine in Colorado — will become a distant memory. The gun rights proponents will prevail again if they just are willing to be patient.
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