Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:32 PM
onehandle (50,803 posts)
From Vice President Joe Biden @ The White House:
Today President Obama announced a plan to help protect our kids and communities from gun violence. You're going to hear a lot about it, but I wanted to make sure you got a chance to get the facts, straight from me.
After hearing from Americans from across the political spectrum, we decided to focus on some key priorities: closing background check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons, making our schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services.
The ideas we sent to President Obama are straightforward. Each of them honors the rights of law-abiding, responsible Americans to bear arms. Some of them will require action from Congress; the President is acting on others immediately. But they're all commonsense and will help make us a little safer.
Now is the time for all of us to act.
Read about the events that brought us to this point, learn about the plan we've proposed to help protect our kids, and then add your name in support to help build momentum for this plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence
Here's what we've put together:
We're calling for requiring background checks for all gun sales and closing the loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to make their purchase without going through one of these checks.
We're asking for a new, stronger ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that allow a shooter to fire dozens of bullets as quickly as he can pull a trigger. And we're asking Congress to help protect law enforcement by make it illegal for members of the public to possess armor-piercing bullets.
We're going to give law enforcement more tools and resources to prevent and prosecute gun crimes, and we're going to end the freeze on gun violence research that prevents the Center from Disease Control from looking at the causes of gun violence.
We're calling on Congress to help make schools safer by putting up to 1,000 school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools and ensuring they have comprehensive emergency management plans in place.
And we're going to increase coverage so that students and young adults can get access to the mental health treatment they may need.
We know that no policy we enact or law we enforce can prevent every senseless act of violence in our country. But if we can save the life of even one child, we have a deep responsibility to act.
Now is the time to come together to protect our kids. Learn about the plan, then add your name alongside mine:
Vice President Joe Biden
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From Vice President Joe Biden @ The White House: (Original post)
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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:18 PM
pipoman (15,980 posts)
3. I haven't gone to the website yet
but all of these things are reasonable to talk about IMHO. I believe #1 would be a good start. I also believe it will be nearly impossible for the Feds. This will require the action of the states. The states will never act as long as they are in their current various economic crisis'. There is no system to enable background checks on private sales. If a state enacts this type of legislation currently, they have to pay for it. It would be far more cost effective to expand NICS, change FFL licensing requirements to include language requiring every FFL to do private transfers in a timely fashion for a low ($20+/-) statutory fee. Now if I want to sell a gun to a guy I met on craigs list I can go to any FFL and do the transfer knowing I am not selling the gun to a prohibited person. The system is enabled. Now it wouldn't cost the states anything to enact legislation requiring background checks on private sales.
This would start out voluntary. A public service campaign targeting gun owners explaining the benefits of getting NICS approval for every gun sale. One of these benefits should be limit of liability if the gun is later used in a crime. If you transferred using NICS, you cannot be subject to criminal or civil liability. If you sell a gun without NICS which is later used in a crime, you can be civilly or criminally liable. This alone would entice people to use the system..most gun owners wishing to sell a gun or two not being used do not want to sell their gun to a criminal.