|THE OBAMA GUN GRAB...|
The final year in President Barack Obama's term has begun. He decided to give the Republicans and conservative agitators something to bitch about! Something that his supporters longed for.
On Monday, he will issue executive orders to handle the rise in gun violence.
When Obama returns back to Washington, DC on Saturday, he will convene with Vice President Joe Biden, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. They will discuss legal ways to handle this epidemic of gun violence.
GUN VIOLENCE IS THE NUMBER ONE THREAT IN THE UNITED STATES.
In his weekly address the president addressed this head on.
One of the main proposals Obama is poised to adopt--expanding new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers -enjoys overwhelming public support: a Quinnipiac University poll in December found 89 percent supported background checks at gun shows and for online sales.
But Obama’s executive actions also come as Americans have become more fearful about the prospect of terrorist strikes and have voiced an openness to having ordinary citizens carry guns.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted last month in the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist shooting, for example, found that 53 percent of respondents opposed an assault weapons ban, a record high. When asked which is the better reaction to terrorism, 47 percent said encouraging more people to carry guns legally, while 42 percent preferred enacting stricter gun-control laws.
White House officials declined to comment on Obama’s plans beyond releasing his weekly radio address on Friday, a day earlier than usual. In the radio address, Obama said he was moving unilaterally because Congress had failed to address the growing problem of gun violence.
"A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence," he said in the recorded address. "And on Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options."
"Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing," Obama continued. "I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen; who share my belief that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms; and who share my belief we can protect that right while keeping an irresponsible, dangerous few from inflicting harm on a massive scale."
The president plans to make his case for additional gun restrictions in a number of forums in the coming month, according to aides, including during his Jan. 12 State of the Union address.
There were 363 mass shootings in the United States. It right now we're off to another year of mass shootings. Some would get attention. Others will be ignored.
Expect a major backlash from gun rights activists, as well as Republican lawmakers. Many states are relaxing gun laws so now they can carry them in open public. The National Rifle Association is mounting a fierce attack on the Democrats. On Thursday, the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action launched the first in a video series attacking gun control advocates.
The first ad targets Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who revived the plan to expand background checks in the wake of the Roseburg shooting by proposing it on the campaign trail. The ad is labeled "New Year's Resolutions of the Rich and Anti-Gun (Actually, Just Hillary Clinton)," and it shows a woman outlining her plans on Clinton's campaign stationary beside a photo of the president and his former secretary of state as "Auld Lang Syne" blares in the background.
"Stop trying to ban guns," she writes as her first point, in black marker, followed by, "Read the Constitution."
"Meet an actual gun owner," the Clinton impersonator scribbles, before adding, "In Person!"
At that point the woman crosses out all three points, crumples up the paper and throws it aside, as Clinton’s laugh is heard in the background.
So here's the first poll from us today. It's pretty simple.
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