President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
While no legislation can prevent every tragedy, he said in announcing the proposals, “if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
Obama called on Congress to swiftly pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use and to require universal background checks for all gun buyers. Obama’s proposals include mental health and school safety measures, as well as a tough new crackdown on gun trafficking.
Obama spoke in a White House ceremony to formally unveil the proposals and to sign executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system, promote research on gun violence and provide training in dealing with “active shooter situations.”
Taken together, the gun-control proposals rank among Obama’s most ambitious legislative projects, along with his fiscal stimulus package, his health-care law and Wall Street regulations — all achieved when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Administration officials said Wednesday that the proposals do not represent specific legislation. But they said that in the coming weeks, the White House would be working with members of a divided Congress to develop bills to implement as much of the package as possible.
I guess I slept through another Obama speech this morning. I hear Hairplug Joe made a few remarks too. Oh well.
This don’t make no sense. As of next week Obama is officially a lame-duck. Historically, second-term presidents don’t have much luck passing anything ambitious as far as new legislation. Gun control is still unpopular. There are some tough budget battles coming up.
So why is Obama wasting his ammo on this issue?
I know! It must be squirrel season! And gun control is a big, fat, furry squirrel.
(You didn’t really think Obama was taking a bold stand based on deeply held principles, did you?)