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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:47 AM

President's gun control announcement does not mention the most popular gun- handgun

"Every single day an average of 33 people die to the gun or to express that terrible figure another way, since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school on 14 December most more than 1,000 people have been killed at the end of a barrel. And of those deaths, the clear majority are inflicted by common handguns."

" in the 2,400 words that Obama used to make his historic announcement, one word was missing: "handguns"."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/18/obama-gun-control-assault-rifles-handguns

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Reply President's gun control announcement does not mention the most popular gun- handgun (Original post)
ellenrr Jan 2013 OP
Whovian Jan 2013 #1
Hoyt Jan 2013 #2
Denninmi Jan 2013 #3
hack89 Jan 2013 #4
Proud Public Servant Jan 2013 #5
rgbecker Jan 2013 #6
Ter Jan 2013 #7
Jeff In Milwaukee Jan 2013 #8

Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:50 AM

1. Too true.

 

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:51 AM

2. I agree. Handguns should be part of solution. But, politicians are hesitant to touch that right now.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:25 AM

3. Isn't it kind of implicit.

Handgun purchases are part of the current background check. That doesn't mean more can't be done to control them, I think it's implied any new gun control measures not specific to assault weapons will apply to both handguns and long guns.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:42 AM

4. But often the conversation revolves around "why do people need assault weapons"

as if strict controls on semi-automatic rifles (ie an AWB) will have a significant impact on gun violence.

Ignoring the fact that any proposed AWB is not retroactive and easy to circumvent, if all semi-automatic rifles were to magically disappear, it would have a minimal impact on gun deaths or mass killings. Besides rarely being used in murders, rifles are even less frequently used in suicides. Considering that suicides are a majority of gun deaths, that is a huge oversight.

This article shows the real danger.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:14 AM

5. Handguns are especially difficult

to go after since the Heller decision, which basically singled them out as the gun people have a right to. Plus, the overwhelming majority of people who own guns, own handguns. That will be the toughest battle of all; it's not the place to start.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 01:34 PM

6. The 11,000 homicides are only 1/3 of total gun deaths.

Truth is, when there is a gun around, people get killed. Suicides, and accidents are leading causes.

But other countries have found a way.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/21330/there-are-32-000-gun-deaths-a-year-in-the-u-s-here-is-how-we-get-that-number-to-zero

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 01:48 PM

7. What do you want him do do?

 

He's powerless on this issue. The SC ruled there is a constitutional right to a handgun.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:07 PM

8. Ummm.....Errrrr

Every last one of Obama's Executive Orders would be applicable to handguns and handgun violence.

I'm really not sure with the author is wanting here.

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