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NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 13, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.

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In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with representatives from the video game industry in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. As Biden finalizes a package of recommendations for the president to curb gun violence, the National Rifle Association said there is enough support in Congress to block any new laws that would ban assault weapons.

— The National Rifle Association president said Congress is not likely to pass a new ban on assault weapons.

David Keene tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that right now the powerful gun lobby has the support in Congress to block a new assault weapons ban, but he’s not discounting any proposal backed by the full power of the White House.

Senior members of Congress have pledged to ban assault weapons and limit the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like the one used to kill 27 people, most of them children, in Newtown, Conn., last month.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to send a comprehensive package of recommendations for curbing gun violence to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, including universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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arta says... January 13, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.

U.S. (CNN) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Obama could use an executive order to get a handle on gun violence.
This is obviously a very complicated and emotional topic. But this has railroad written all over it. Part of the 2nd amendment was to ensure we have a personal liberty so we are government by the people and not dictated. Contrary to what my government believes, I can think for myself and I’m a reasonably intelligent person. I don’t need Joe Biden or Obama to tell me what I have to do as part of an executive order. I don’t trust our law makers to do the right thing. They can’t even agree to a balanced budget and really reducing the deficit. Just put it to a special vote by the people. I also don’t think I feel the 2nd amendment allows me to buy a bazooka without a background check.
The right to arm oneself is viewed as a personal liberty to deter undemocratic or oppressive governing bodies from forming and to repel impending invasions. Furthermore, the right to bear arms was instituted within the Bill of Rights to suppress insurrection, participate and uphold the law, enable the citizens of the United States to organize a militia, and to facilitate the natural right to self-defense.
Parents, friends, school teachers, and any of us that see warning signs that someone is about to go off the deep end have to report it to authorities. In the past we would have just sat in our seats when someone acted drunk or a little crazy on an airplane. We were afraid someone would sue us or just didn’t want to get involved. Now days, any of us will tackle that person to the floor. There were several warning signs that went unnoticed. Why did the mom not have those guns locked up? The kid was burning himself with a lighter repeatedly. He kept a diary. He was a self-proclaimed devil worshiper. The list goes on and on. If anyone would have noticed and actually intervened, Sandy Hook would have been prevented. That really is what we are talking about here, right? Even criminals don’t go kill little kids at school or open fire in a movie theater just for the fun of it. But people that are mentality ill can and sometimes do.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 13, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

I don't think they are talking executive order to ban assault weapons and LCM's. But, for background checks, mental health reporting by states etc, yes, I dont have a problem with that action.

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Jackabbott says... January 13, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

arta-why do people (except illegals) have to otain a driver's license? They are required to learn how to operate an auto, have to be tested, wear glasses if needed and have to have to insurance. How is this any different than owning a gun?
If you( and the NRA etc0 were interested in gun safety, these laws would be on the books. What this does, goofball, is assign responsibility for ownership. Want a gun, no problem, then follow a set rules and regulations that provides for basic safety of everyone.

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RonalFos says... January 13, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

More children and teens died from gunfire in 2008 and 2009 — 5,750 — than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Among 23 high-income countries in the world scholars have studied, the United States is home to 80 percent of all gun deaths, and 87 percent of all gun deaths of children younger than 15.

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