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Biden meets with retired military for help on gun control -I'm sure he met with Colin Powell types

Biden meets with retired military for help on gun control -I'm sure he met with Colin Powell types | Gun control | Scoop.it
Strategy session with retired military officials centers on how to engage public on gun control.

Strategy session with retired military officials centers on how to engage public on gun control. 

Vice President Biden met with a group of retired military officials at the White House on Tuesday in a strategy session centered on how to effectively engage the public in the administration’s push for gun control.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, a former Army physician, said Biden will look to rally the public behind requiring background checks on private gun sales, limiting the number of bullets a firearm’s magazine can hold, and banning future sales of assault-style weapons. If there’s enough pressure, the White House hopes Congress may take action on at least some of the proposals.



Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/285077-biden-seeks-out-help-from-military-on-gun-control#ixzz2M4wl9ONZ 
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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:37 AM

Let's hope the GOP doesn't give into any of this like they did with Hagel today. They had better stand strong against Obama's sequestration tax increase threats and give him a list of wasteful spending that should be cut...like starting with Obama's vacations and federal salaries.

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Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ | Gun control | Scoop.it

Columbine survivor Evan Todd released an open letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights.

He recently outlined why he fervently disagrees with the gun control policies that have been proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. TheBlazeinterviewed Todd earlier this week and subsequently detailed how his experience being shot back in 1999 has shaped his views on the issue.

The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate. On universal background checks, Todd expresses his fears that “universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation.” Additionally, he says his belief that assault weapons bans are ineffective and argues that the first law did little to stop violence when it was in effect from 1994 until 2004; he cites Columbine as a prime example.

“It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher,” he writes. “The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.”

“Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?,” he asks the president in the text. “Whose side are you on?”

Read Todd’s open letter to Obama, below.

Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.


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Amanda Rochelle Yates's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:56 AM

What I really like about this is the fact that it was written by a Columbine survivor. Not just any survivor, but one who was wounded during the attack. He is not anti-gun, even given his history. I love when he says thatwith proposed gun laws "would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?" And since when have criminals followed the law?

Jessica Cusick's curator insight, February 9, 2015 1:11 PM

There is not much that one president can do to protect people from guns and school shootings. The president cannot make guns completely illegal because it is written in the Constitution that we have the right to bear arms and that right will never be taken away. There is only so much America can do when it comes to gun control. Making laws to restrict guns is really as far as anyone can go. There will always be guns, there will always be insane people wanting guns, and there will always be deaths due to guns. It is just a matter of keeping the insane people away from guns and keeping sane people safe.

Travis Elliott's curator insight, March 12, 2015 10:12 AM

The bureaucracy being discussed is not clear but is about those concerning gun control. In the article, I don't understand the puprose of the attempts to ban guns due to the excessive amounts of criminal activity. I do agree with the students article, and his attempts to pursuade President Obama not to ban guns also due to the necessity of personal protection as well as the illusivness of criminals to obtain guns.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott denounces gun-control efforts in speech to Texas State Rifle Association

Attorney General Greg Abbott denounces gun-control efforts in speech to Texas State Rifle Association | Gun control | Scoop.it
Attorney General Greg Abbott said the best way to deal with gun violence is to put more firearms in the hands of citizens.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:37 PM

I agree, those who are armed are better protected than those who are not. If police are armed why shouldn't we? By the time the police show up a crime has already been committed! 

Blake Gatzke's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:09 PM

I think this article is very insightful because it gives great examples of how the president should really deal with gun control.  They should stop putting the blame on guns and start putting it on the criminals that use them.  They are using the tragedy in Connecticut to blame guns.  The topic they should really be focusing on is the country's mental health system and policies.  Guns need to stop being glorified in video games and movies.

Sam Bass's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:31 PM

I think that this article shows some great ways to help prevent gun violence.  I really think that our president needs to consider some of these ideas.  It seems to me that he thinks that blaming things on the weapons will help solve this problem by removing them.  I would have to disagree with that.  The criminals are the ones responsible for these crimes that are happening, not the weapons.  Realistically, I believe that if he takes away people's firearms and taking away their right to self defense, there will be more trouble than there already is.

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20 Year Plunge In Gun-Related Crimes Visualized [NOT Gun Control, Gun Training]

20 Year Plunge In Gun-Related Crimes Visualized [NOT Gun Control, Gun Training] | Gun control | Scoop.it
Despite 20 years of constant rapid growth of firearms sales, GUN-RELATED CRIMES ARE DOWN NEARLY 50% SINCE 1993!

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