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Pres. Obama uses executive power to move gun safety agenda forward

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President Obama is doing what he can to prevent more gun deaths. Amazing, isn't it, that gun zealots think the ability to gun down a couple of dozen children within a five minute span is less important than legally brandishing a weapon that nobody needs to own?

Remarkable, isn't it, that their needless paranoia about the big bad black man in the White House and his non-existent stomping on their constitutional rights takes precedence over common sense solutions to assault weapons and other firearms falling into the wrong hands?

Every little tiny inch of movement on gun safety measures helps to save lives. But to the NRA, it's not their members who matter, it's the gun industry and all that cash they pour into the NRA's pockets.

Via The Hill:

The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.

The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts.
 
It is unclear whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) will challenge any of the executive actions in court.

If you missed the president's passionate speech yesterday, it's right here.

The move, and several more like it, is aimed at strengthening the quality and quantity of records contained within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), according to a DOJ spokeswoman.

For years, federal law enforcement officials and gun control advocates have complained that the NICS gun records are not complete, making it easier for people with criminal records and mental illnesses to buy guns

Ooo, scary! Better start hoarding more guns in case the guv'mint comes after you! Seriously, why are gun owners more afraid of an elected official who has never made a move to go after them (let alone go after real criminals like the ones in the Bush administration), and less afraid of (and willing to arm) those who have actually committed mass murder?

More terrifying details here about how that power-hungry Marxist Kenyan dictator, President Obama, is trying to keep more Americans from being slaughtered.

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Marco, Marco, Marco

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Another guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber:

Marco, Marco, Marco. You had trouble keeping hydrated when you were giving your response to the SOTU address. I actually felt a bit sorry for you. All those lights and cameras, a huge at home audience. Not only were you're words parsed and dry, but so was your mouth. I just figured it was nerves.

Then today's speech made me think differently. There's another reason. How about your constant putting your foot in your mouth. Some people step in poop. Other people spew it. You evidently savor the latter.

You say you want to help your fellow Hispanics, your Asian brothers, your immigrant sisters -- so you come out with an immigration plan that doesn't allow for a path to full citizenship. You prefer keeping undocumented people here, but under second class citizenship. Some heart you have. You're some compassionate soul. But maybe I'm too quick to judge. So I took a look at your voting record and here's what you voted:

Against: The 2013 budget, unfreezing the hiring of Federal employees, affordable medical care, timely payment of government bills, disaster relief, keeping student loan rates low, job protection and recession prevention and the bring jobs home act.

For: Limit eligibility for SNAP (supplemental nutrition), prohibiting the US from entering into a UN Arms Trade Treaty. A much shorter list.

You, like your Republican cohorts seem to be against much more than you are for. Why is that? Spineless? Void of thoughts and vision? Or just plain stupid?

Now you say you're for sane gun control, and then from the other side of your mouth comes this today:

"We should look for ways to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill prone to misusing them, but I oppose legislation that will be used as a vehicle to impose new Second Amendment restrictions on responsible, law-abiding gun owners."

Dummy, isn't that what background checks are supposed to do? There's no restrictions offered up on responsible, law-abiding gun owners? How deep are you into the NRA's back pocket?

Can't you hear this is what nearly 90% of the country wants? Evidently you're not listening.

So not only are you deaf, dumb and stupid, but you reek of what you have been stepping in -- public sanitation waste. And you want to be president? You certainly are showing your colors -- and they're not red, white and blue. They're diaper waste brown.

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”

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Dep't. of Irony: Harry Reid’s office thinks GOP filibuster threat on gun measures is "outrageous"

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Per Livewire, here is the message coming out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office after Ted Cruz said he would use "any procedural means necessary" to thwart the proposed gun safety legislation that President Obama was so passionate about today:

"While this threat is entirely unsurprising, it's outrageous that these senators are unwilling to even engage in a debate over gun violence in America," Reid's spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement to TPM. "No matter your opinion on this issue, we should all be able to agree with President Obama when he said that the children and teachers of Newtown, along with all other Americans who have been victims of gun violence, at least deserve a vote."

Jentleson and Reid are absolutely right, the measures do deserve a vote, and if there were any justice, they would pass with flying colors.

But rather than common sense and decency, we're seeing the same old GOP obstruction. How’s that gentleman’s agreement with Mitch McConnell workin’ for ya, Harry?

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VIDEO-- Pres. Obama: "I haven't forgotten those kids! Shame on us if we've forgotten" #Newtown. "Turn that heartbreak into something real."

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UPDATE: As Obama Calls On Nation To Remember Newtown, Rubio Pledges To Block Gun Reform

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President Obama spoke at the White House on common sense gun safety proposals. Here are some highlights:

The grief doesn't ever go away. That loss, that pain sticks with you.

That agony burns deep in the families of thousands, thousands of Americans who've been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun over these last hundred days.

Everything they lived for and hoped for taken away in an instant.

I called on Congress to give these proposals a vote, and in just a couple of weeks, they will.

All of [the reforms] are consistent with the Second Amendment, none of them will infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners. What they will do is keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who put others at risk. This is our best chance in more than a decade to take common sense steps that will save lives.

If there is a step we can take that will save just one child, just one parent, just another town from experiencing the same grief that some of the moms and dads who are here have endured, then we should be doing it! We have an obligation to try.

None of these ideas should be controversial. Why wouldn't we want to make it more difficult for a dangerous person to get his or her hands on a gun? Why wouldn't we want to close the loopholes that allows as many as many as 40% of all gun purchases to take place without a background check? Why wouldn't we do that?

90% of Americans, 90%, support background checks... more than 80% of Republicans agree! More than  80% of gun owners agree! Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?

There's absolutely no reason why we can't get this done.

There are some powerful voices on the other side that are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject or driving out the majority of the American people to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all. ... Their assumption is that people will just forget about it.

Let me tell you, the people here don't forget... Hadiya's mom hasn't forgotten.

...We've moved on to other things? That's not who we are.

Less than 100 days ago that happened. And the entire country was shocked. The entire country pledged we would do something about it and this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten!

I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten.

Nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change.

Speak up! We need your voices in this debate!

We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.

Tears aren't enough... Speeches aren't enough.

What we're proposing is not radical. It's not taking away anybody's gun rights. It's something that, if we are serious, we will do. Now's the time to turn that heartbreak into something real.

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VIDEO-- Demand Action: "Don't let the memory of #Newtown fade without doing something real."

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I'll post President Obama's speech as soon as it becomes available. Meantime, Demand Action just released this video:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.

The ad features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicki Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.

I also got this email today:

MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS LEADS NATIONAL “DAY TO DEMAND ACTION” TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

Coalition Also Releases First Ad Featuring Newtown Family Members Demanding Political Leaders Pass Commonsense Reforms-- More than 120 Events Taking Place Across the Nation – and at The White House – to Drive Largest Day of Advocacy in U.S. History Ever to Address Gun Violence; www.DemandAction.org/March28

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  The ad can be viewed here: www.DemandAction.org/Newtown-Families

The ad, airing in the Hartford market and focused on pending Connecticut legislation, features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicky Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.  In the ad, family members call on leaders to remember their loved ones and prevent other families from experiencing the toll of gun violence by taking real action to pass commonsense gun law reforms. 

“From President Obama to Newtown families to the many Americans and mayors in both political parties coming together at events across the country today, the call for Congress to take action to prevent gun violence is loud and clear,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  “We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy – it’s long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives.”

“Never before have so many Americans come together to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand action from our leaders in Washington,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “The Senate now has the opportunity to take a vote that the American people are demanding to make our neighborhoods safer.  The time has come to pass legislation and make reform a reality.”

The National Day to Demand Action – organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in conjunction with Organizing for Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups – will feature hundreds of mayors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members who want Congress to take immediate action to strengthen our background check system and reduce gun violence.  The day is expected to be the largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently announced that it is hiring dozens of organizers and opening campaign offices in ten states. 

In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition is also broadcasting television ads demanding action from U.S. Senators.   The Senate is expected to take up gun violence prevention legislation when it reconvenes in the second week of April.  The ads can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads    

A partial list of major events taking place across the country is available here.   

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Congress: "Buck up and do what's right, not what the NRA tells you." America: "Bring out YOUR bazooka -- your vote."

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Another guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber:

Bring Out The Big Guns

So the tiny NRA membership -- compared to the total electorate -- can hold our country's safety hostage. Elected officials are afraid if they vote for common sense vs. true security they will lose their jobs. Logic disconnect.

So let me see if this adds up -- a vote against the NRA's stand against gun control of any kind, not gun repossession, but control, means that you won't be reelected? Okay, if I buy into that, then nothing else these elected officials do, matters. No other bill until the end of their term is of consequence, because only this outcome will determine whether or not they get returned to Congress? Bullpucky. Since when is someone elected for a term and only judged on one vote?

Sorry, if you vote along with the NRA, but vote for some other issue, like immigration or health reform or on a budget, women's rights, or protecting voters rights, constituents will take that into consideration too. So buck up and do what's right, not what the NRA tells you.

No one's taking your guns or rifles away -- they're preventing unnecessary ownership of non-essential, yet very dangerous munitions. What hunter needs a semi-automatic with a 30 round clip? Ten's enough -- if you can't bag your prey with 10 shots, you shouldn't be handling a rifle anyway. And if it's protection you want, if you can't hit two or more attackers with 10 shots, what makes you think you'll have more luck with 30 shots? You'll be dead by your assailants long before you get off shot 5.

Want to end this madness by the NRA minority? Vote out every incumbent who votes against the assault weapons ban. Vote out every incumbent who votes against the limits on ammo clips size. Remember Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. Columbine. And sadly so many others.

Bring out your bazooka -- your vote. Dump the Chump who is promoting your harm, ignoring your protections. Make your voice heard. Silence in this case is guilt for the next massacre. Call or email your congressman and senator. It's easy. Grieving over a lost loved one is hard.

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”

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Cartoons of the Day- Assault Weapons

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