What Do You Think of the Sweeping Gun Laws the President Proposed Wednesday?

President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."

Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws. These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles.

"If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," Obama said.

He listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other measures, including helping schools hire more resource officers and making sure mental health professionals have the tools they need. He suggested Congress should fund research into the link between gun violence and violent video games.

Assault rifle bans and universal background checks made up the core of his proposal. A full list of the proposals was published by CNN and can be viewed here.

The advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise issued a statement applauding the president's approach. As it has said before, though, including at its press conference Monday, change can't stop at new legislation. The statement came from one of the group's co-founder, Tim Makris, a Sandy Hook Elementary School parent.

However, not everybody was supportive of the measures, with the conservative group FreedomWatch announcing it is suing the White House task force that led to the gun control proposals offered by the president. The suit alleges the White House group conducted illegal meetings with lobbyists without the required public notice. The suit was filed in Florida federal court seeking to eliminate the task force and prevent any of its proposals from becoming law, The Hill reports.

Others were critical of the president using children as "props," drawing comparisons to the children Hitler surrounded himself with when attempting to sway public opinion. Although the National Rifle Association released a controversial ad asking why the president's children should get armed security while others had to be schooled in "gun free" zones, the organization took a softer tone in a statement released following the president's press conference. The full statement by the NRA released Wednesday reads:

Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership.  Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.

The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.  We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.

Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.  Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.
What is your opinion of the president's proposals? A step in the right direction to fix the problems of gun violence in our country? Or way too far — an overstep of his authority?

CLUBFV January 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Elder, I couldn't agree more. Having been to some of these foreign countries where in their wisdom, they have chosen to ban guns--they have also chosen to allow women to be beaten down at the whim of their male "Superiors". Among those countries where that is not allowed, many of them have higher violent crime rates than the USA.
T January 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM
As I say one my blog sites (http://impeachobama2013.blogspot.com/ and http://impeachobama2012.blogspot.com/) Mr Obama is the worst president we have had since Jimmy Carter. I also have a few things to say about some foolish Republicans that are getting snookered by the NAACP to put before the Ga. legislature a bill to have Georgia apologize for slavery. I wrote to the Chairperson of that organization to let her know that any such apology is done without me, neither I nor any member of my family have ever owned slaves and we have no apology to make to anyone.
Pam J January 21, 2013 at 01:04 AM
We have been apologizing to the Indians forever now, so why not the blacks for slavery. It will never end. It amazes me how someone can say that Obama is the worst President since Carter. It amazes me that the Republicans think that George Bush did such a great job. Never have the parties been so divided. But I am also ashamed of an American who is so hateful towards the President. I didn't like Bush, but at least I respected the fact that he was the President and when he did something I didn't like, I wasn't hateful like some of you have been. I never called him names, never said bad things about his family. You take it down to a grade school level when you do that.
Scott Cobb January 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Here's some Birthdays: Army: 14 June 1775 Navy: 13 Oct 1775 Marine Corpse: 10 Nov 1787 Bill of Rights: 15 Dec 1791 (With Virginia's ratification) I believe we had a free standing Army, Navy AND Marine Corpse at the time.
CLUBFV January 21, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Pam, what you say has a lot of merit. Keep in mind though that both parties have equally shared hatemongering. Both parties.
Pam J January 21, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I agree except that the Republicans seem to think that all Democrats are on welfare and foodstamps. It's a common thread on these boards. Of course, the Democrats believe that all Republicans are well off and doing fine. Neither belief is true, of course. And every Democrat I know believes in the 2nd Amendment. Amazing, isn't it?
Pete Rattigan January 21, 2013 at 04:01 PM
First off I do not hate anyone. As far as President Obama I do not think he is doing a good job. However He was elected president by a majority of voters and we conservative voters just have to live with it. I would not want anything to happen to the president as that would be bad for the country and his family I respect the office as I always have. As I said earlier it is a slippery slope letting any president of the federal government start to "define" one of our rights. as that definition can change in an instant or down the road. the line does not stop for very long. it is not necessarily Obama I’m worried about but the next 4 or 5 presidents that each move the line a little further towards full taking of the guns. That is what I’m concerned about.
CLUBFV January 21, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Pete, I agree with you. I too feel that he's done a poor job and principally because he has worked to inflame his base which is principally made up of takers and not givers. It certainly doesn't apply to all of them but far too many. He ramrods his dangerous agenda down the throats of the people without regard for the institutions that have kept us well and vibrant for two hundred years. In my view, he has not been good for this country.
Pam J January 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM
As the first black President, President Obama was not going to have an easy time of it. I think we can all agree on that. He has faced a lot of obstacles, some he's managed to overcome and some he hasn't. These are hard times. Society is changing and it's got to be hard for a President to try and make everybody happy. And who is Obama's "base", CLUBFV?
Richard m. Olivo January 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Ok so if a insane person wants to shoot a whole bunch of people they would have to bring three 10 round magazines instead of one 30 round magazine. I can drop a empty mag and reload in less than three seconds.their are rifles more powerfull and could kill far more than an ar-15 the only reason we use them in service is because they are light not the best for killing people they wound and didn't this kid in ct. Shoot and kill the owner and STEAL her guns? How do you stop that with a gun ban? You can't. You move on people die in plane crashes,drunk driving accidents we can't ban everything! This is obama using the death of children to hip up his base and push his agenda.adam lanzing is obama's scape goat
Pam J January 22, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The kid in CT took his mother's guns and shot her first. Part of the proposed law is the limiting of how many bullets can go in one magazine. Unless you are just target practicing, that is probably a good idea. The biggest issue is the background checks. Nobody, I repeat nobody, is talking about that. Rational thinking has gone out the window because everybody's freaking about about having their guns taken away, which they aren't. I repeat, if a background check had been done on everybody living with Nancy Lanza (that would be Adam), she probably would not have been able to get those guns. At least, she shouldn't have been able to. Hopefully that's what the "universal" background checks will accomplish. Everybody can keep their guns. Heck, we found three rifles in the back of a closet after my father died last year. We still have them. No bullets, though and they are so heavy that I couldn't hold one up to shoot anybody anyway. Like I said, common sense and rational thinking are missing, which normally happens when Obama proposes anything, no matter what it is.
Pete Rattigan January 22, 2013 at 03:21 PM
First you are the only one freaking out, no body else that I see. You think because I am cautious and concerned that I am jumping to conclusions about taking our guns away! When it is you. Just read what you say" because everybody's freaking about about having their guns taken away" Not everybody! Second Universal background checks as explained by the President would not have stopped Adam They are only pushing to close the loophole on private sales and gun shows where back round checks are not done. Nobody is proposing the kind of background check you are proposing due to the fact it is totally unconstitutional! people in this country have rights and I’m not submitting to a back round check just because some one I live with wants a gun that I wont touch anyway, it is a illegal search and that stuff belongs in communist country's and dictatorships. did you volunteer to get everyone in your household checked when you brought those guns home??? I bet not.
Jason Silver January 22, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Listen to Rudy Guliani explain how he cleand up NYC. 2000 gun crimes when he took office. Down to 500 in four years. He did this without new gun laws. His police went hard after the illegal guns. Got the guns out of criminal hands. Chicago, which has half the population of NYC, now has more gun violence than NYC. And they have super strict gun laws.
Pam J January 22, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I am not freaking out. But there are a lot of people who honestly believe that they are going to have their guns taken away. And I did read somewhere that the background check would include everyone with access to the guns. Hopefully that will be part of the background check. I guess I just don't understand why people have a problem with the new proposed laws. The 2nd Amendment is not being abolished. Just a more commensense approach to it. And, no, we didn't get everyone checked out because my mother is 81 years old and can't even open the breadbox and I would just be able to shoot someone in the foot. But I see your point. Have a great day. The sun is shining.
Pete Rattigan January 22, 2013 at 05:03 PM
YES it is another beutifull day in ATL!
Alex Mason January 22, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I want to get some feedback on this: I routinely hear the comparison of a gun ban and the prohibiltion of alcohol and marijuana. My thought is this - it's a lot easier to make alcohol and grow pot then it is to create a firearm. I'm sure there would be a black market, but it would make access MUCH more difficult. Just wanted to see people's thoughts on that.
Alex Mason January 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Kim, There is a line. You cannot have ANY weapon you want. You can't have an RPG, land mines, or a nuke (sorry, you can't). I don't hear many people complaining about THAT being an infringement of their rights (though the way I hear many people interpret the 2nd amendment, it certainly is an infringement). I can see why people think this marginal restriction is headed towards an all out ban - that's fair. But it is also foolish to think that there should be NO restrictions on any type of weapon ownership.
T January 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM
IMPEACH OBAMA and Save America! In Mr. Obama we have a hack political organizer from the Chicago Daley machine. He is totally unqualified to be President and he is leading the Country down the wrong path and he needs to be impeached and removed from office. See: http://impeachobama2013.blogspot.com/ http://impeachobama2012.blogspot.com/
Pam J January 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Good luck with that.
Pam J January 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM
By the way, if you somehow, miraculously, succeed in impeaching Obama, will you go after Biden next? Of course you will because then John Boehner will be President and will cry all the time.
Pete Rattigan January 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM
DUDe the great thing about this country is the fact that we can survive 1 bad president . even if they get reelected. So get over it and move on. Obama was elected twice by a majiorty of the people. let it go!
Pete Rattigan January 23, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Pete Rattigan January 23, 2013 at 01:02 PM
keep in mind almost every president has had people trying to impeach him
Pam J January 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Glad I could help! I don't think that people really think these things through.
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I love the way people comment here on: The President is NOT going to take your guns away, well--Did you not hear that Gov. Komo (NY State) first statement to his law officials was: "we could go door to door and ask for the guns". UH, NO, and I guess someone told him NO. Why aren't we getting rid of hammers and knives? More hammers killed more people last year. Why don't we get mad at the Gov't for not taking care or helping the mentally ill in this country??? In every mass murder event, it is caused by a "sick" individual, always. Why don't the REAL PROBLEMS get addressed?? If you take away guns from people that have purchased them, got a permit to have them? You think that the sick, the thugs of this country will NOT have them? Think again. The only people that will have guns will be the bad people and the police, and that is scary. I don't agree w/the President, and He will NOT stop til their is another mass murder so He can take our weapons. I have had a home invasion and I know why I need a gun in my house. I live in a very nice upscale area, so don't go thinking well, its probably the neighborhood, NO not my neighborhood. Its time to take care of the sick, I know families that have mentally ill grown kids, can't get insurance, can't get help, if they call the officials they will take them, and by week end they are delivered back to the parents. This mass murder was a set up totally from the Gov't. Those precious children didn't have to die! Blame D.C.
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Bill, I'm with you. He is more dangerous than any gun in this country. He is a dictator, socialist and will not quit until He runs us in the ground. Biden is crazy too, so that is scary as well. I believe He has dementia, cause He always has that far away look with a weird grin/and always laughing at nothing. (as He did at debates, He would start laughing before anything was said from opponent-sad, but He has characteristic's of dementia)
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Pam J- Please quit using the "first black President" card. Its old. He is having a easy time if you ask me, what is it that He hasn't gotten passed? The 21 new tax law got passed, oh yea its called "obamacare", the comical thing is people really believe their President and other's in D.C. really care about their health, seriously? Those folks could care less and of course their families don't have to use the same care either. The color of his skin has nothing to do with nothing-I have issues with his policies. Spending out of control LIKE NO ONE ELSE EVER!! and no slowing it down either, just print more money. Our kids/grandkids will never get out of this mess to pay back. Yes, its hard times, another reason He and others need to cool the spending, like taking the recent #25 vacation that cost us over 7 MILLION DOLLARS, OVER A MILLION A DAY!! I don't want any of the constitution rewrote, changed, our fore-fathers wrote it for a reason, and they were very smart, as they knew someone/would come along one day and try to change it. How anyone can embrace this President or Hilliary Clinton after watching FOUR HERO'S be dragged through the streets of Libya and NO ONE went to their defense, instead turned a DEAF EAR. He should be impeached on that one thing alone. People should be screaming over that horrible action, but no....not even a whisper, an ambassador is an direct rep from our White House, and yet nothing heard. Gov't is responsible for school shooting, period!
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM
I think the better idea is to: Not leave your kids at home alone. Most of the kids that get guns have no supervision whatsoever, and they also burn down homes playing with matches, they get into the medicine cabinet now days to find something to get high, Its not just guns that hurt and kill each other, if we had REAL PARENTS that watched their KIDS like they are suppose to, we wouldn't have so many problems in the homes. Everyday there is something on the news about kids getting hurt or into something they shouldn't, and its not all about guns, but people seem to hume in on a gun injury. Go to the emergency rooms and see how kids are getting hurt or dying at their homes, its a shocker. Knives are a problem. Leaving Prescribed med's are a problem, CLEANING sprays are a problem, the spray that cleans dust off our computers is a HUGE problem-kids getting high and dying from that too! But who hears about those daily reports? no one, cause the media doesn't blab about it, I have friends that are nurses in ER around Atlanta, you would be SHOCKED to find out how some injuries/deaths' of children are caused. CHILD ABUSE is still one of the biggest killer of small children, more than guns! We need to help the sicko's of this country, and we need some parenting in the homes and we would see all crimes, death's of children disappear.
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 02:19 PM
By the way, so much has been said by one poster about respecting the President, and I have been called immature cause I called Jimmy Carter a goon, BUT I also said that I was also a goon for voting for him! Back in the day, He was a genuis, very smart man, and I voted for him, but in reality, He was the worst president, and I should have known, He was a terrible Govenor. NOW, with ALL of that said, I do respect the OFFICE of the Presidency, however I will never respect the present President as He has not regard to the American people, He is a socialist and if anyone reads his bio, it matches to the letter the same bio of Hitler, people loved him too at first. 2ND, of all-Some of the strictest gun laws in this land are in Chicago, guess what, IT has done nothing for the HIGH CRIME with guns in Chicago, that's what I've said all alone, if you take them away from the good citizens, then who still has them? Just like drugs, that are illegal-they are still out there, so all the laws are against the good citizens, the thugs and killers are still going to be thugs and killers. Also, the "alledged" killer in the school shooting, some "sources" say the mom trained her son in gun training, That young man was sick and SHE had also begged for help from Gov't agencies with NO avail. It was also reported she was a teacher in the school, that wasn't true either, becareful what you believe about this shooting, 90% reports are incorrect, "cover-up"? hhhhmmmm, think so.
Melinda Paris January 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
AND ONE poster keeps asking what did Bush do? Well, we had some great tax cuts that were NOT kept in place, so when you file your taxes next year, you might remember what He did..cause you ain't going to have your deductions that we've enjoyed. Bush spent TOO much, but this President spent THREE TIMES THE MONEY IN THREE YEARS compared to Bush's EIGHT years. I'm sick of hearing about the economy is Bush's fault, its time for the Democrat to take ownership of this economy, AND HE HAD MAJORITY in house/senate first 2 1/2 years to do whatever, so no excuses, THIS IS NOW OBAMA'S ECONOMY, OWN IT! Its time to quit the blame game. This is YEAR FIVE--What is He going to do to turn this economy around? i DIDN'T hear a thing in his speech last Monday,


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