Friday, January 11, 2013

Obama, Biden & Gun Control Articles & Headlines

Vice President Biden will present his anti-gun-violence working group's recommendations to President Obama by Tuesday of next week. Biden made the remark at the opening of a meeting with sportsmen and wildlife interest groups and hours before he is set to meet with representatives of the National Rifle Association and other gun-owners groups. “I have committed to him that I will have the recommendations to chim by Tuesday,” Biden said. Biden had been given an end-of-month deadline to offer his task force’s recommendations to Obama. The president formed the group after 20 six- and seven-year-olds were killed in a mass shooting last month at a Connecticut elementary school. Seven adults were also killed in the rampage. Biden met with gun control and gun safety groups yesterday, whom he said emphasized strengthening criminal background checks for gun owners. Biden said this included “universal background checks, not just closing the gun show loophole.”  Biden also suggested that the federal government would revamp the way it collected data on gun violence, comparing current limits on data gathering with the 1970s-era restrictions on federal research over the causes of traffic fatalities. He emphasized that the government needed to gather information on “what kind of weapons are used most to kill people” and “what kind of weapons are trafficked weapons” to better evaluate the problem of gun violence. The announcement came at the start of a packed day of meetings for the vice president. In addition to the meetings with the NRA and sportsmen groups, Biden will meet this evening with entertainment industry representatives...more

Biden: Executive action can be taken on guns  Vice President Joe Biden indicated Wednesday that the president will be able to take executive action to combat gun violence as he kicked off one of several meetings this week in response to the Newtown shooting. "We're here today to deal with a problem that requires immediate action, urgent action," Biden said at the start of a meeting with leaders from gun control groups and several victims of gun violence.

NRA rips Biden task force for 'attack' on 2nd Amendment, as details of plan emerge The National Rifle Association emerged from a meeting Thursday with Vice President Biden and accused his gun violence task force of leading an "attack" on the Second Amendment -- just hours after Biden gave a glimpse into the gun-control recommendations expected to hit the president's desk in a matter of days.The vice president said earlier that "an emerging set of recommendations" focuses on launching "universal" background checks, restricting high-capacity magazines and allowing federal agencies to do more research on gun violence. But the NRA, after sitting down with Biden and other firearms groups Thursday afternoon, blasted the effort as primarily focused on restricting gun rights.  "We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the group said in a written statement. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners -- honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. "It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen."  Aside from the NRA, Biden also met Thursday with sports groups like the Outdoor Industry Association and firearms groups like the National Association of Arms Shows.  Attorney General Eric Holder and other Obama Cabinet secretaries were meeting as well with Walmart and several other sports retailers...more 

Wal-Mart to attend gun control meeting at White House After initially declining an invitation to attend, Wal-Mart announced Wednesday that it will participate in a meeting with Vice President Joseph Biden's gun violence task force. In response to the criticism, Wal-Mart said it would attend. "We underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person, so we are sending an appropriate representative to participate," said Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar. Tovar said that Wal-Mart has been "very purposeful" about striking the right balance between serving hunters and sportsman and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly. He also said the retailer is committed to staying engaged in the discussion about the right path forward with lawmakers. Wal-Mart sells guns in roughly 1,800 of its 4,000 stores, according to Tovar. It sells semiautomatic assault rifles, like the ones used in Sandy Hook, in about 1,200 stores across the country.

U.S. Senator calls for background checks to buy ammo

Mayors gun control group airing TV ad (This is the same group the Mayors of Las Cruces and Ruidoso are involved in)

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