President Obama seems to be sticking to his guns (no pun) when it comes to pushing for common sense safety measures in the wake of the Newtown massacre. He named Veep Joe Biden to head a task force that will determine how the government could prevent more horrific shootings.
Some ideas under consideration are universal background checks for gun buyers, more mental health checks, creating a national database to track the movement and sale of weapons, and tougher penalties for carrying guns near schools.
But lobbyists and
obstructionists Congress toddlers members are equally determined to make sure none of that ever happens. Isn't it just like those wacky, zany "pro lifers" to perpetuate the status quo and continue to make military style weapons and high capacity gun magazines available to anyone who feels like killing children?
So what's a president to do?
[WaPo:] In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive action, according to interest-group leaders who have discussed options with Biden and key Cabinet secretaries. Possibilities include changes to federal mental-health programs and modernization of gun-tracking efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In doing so, the administration has made clear that it is willing to take on the National Rifle Association and other special interest groups to reduce the impact of firearms in America. Among the ways the White House is seeking to outflank their opponents, according to the Post story, is by working both by working in tandem with law enforcement officials and in convincing businesses like Walmart of the economic benefit to be had in reform.
Now if we could get him to stand up for the lives of those who currently rely, and will rely in the future, on Medicare and Social Security the way he's standing up for the lives of those who prefer not to be shot to death, that would be a another real accomplishment and an impressive legacy for President Obama.