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President Obama May Change His Mind On Assault Weapons Ban

According to The New York Times, after Joe Biden met with gun supporters on Thursday and Attorney General Eric Holder met with gun manufacturers and sellers, the White House decided a ban on assault weapons would be too hard to get through Congress.

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As the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy passed, the White House has announced a change of plans for President Obama’s assault weapons ban. The announcement comes after Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with gun supporters and gun manufacturers and sellers to come up with a viable solution for the surge in gun violence. Following the meetings, the White House calculates that a ban on assault weapons will be too tough to get through Congress.

Instead, the White House is considering more “politically achievable” goals, such as strengthening background checks and keeping guns away from the mentally ill.  The news will be disappointing to those who believed President Obama would possibly use Executive Orders as well as Legislative Orders to solve the problem of gun violence as Biden disclosed .

In his public comments after the meetings, Biden — who President Obama appointed to lead the task force — did not mention an assault weapons ban at all as he discussed the work of the committee, which will be delivering suggestions to the president on Tuesday. Biden noted that his former colleagues in the Senate have long been “pretty universally opposed to any restrictions on gun ownership or what type of weapons can be purchased.”

After seeing the media’s reaction to Biden’s obvious neglect to discuss the ban on assault weapons, the White House released a statement removing blame from the president and placing it on Congress. “President Obama has been clear that Congress should reinstate the assault weapons ban and that avoiding this issue just because it’s been politically difficult in the past is not an option,” said spokesman Matt Lehrich. “He’s also stressed that no single piece of legislation alone can solve this problem, which is why he has asked Vice President Biden to explore a wide array of proposals on topics ranging from gun laws to mental health to school safety.”

David Keene, President of the National Rifle Association, also says that he does not expect to see a ban on assault weapons anytime soon.  “I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,” Keene said on CNN’s “State Of The Union.”

Many political observers find themselves disappointed that the ban would not pass through Congress, and see this as evidence of serious corruption. Dr. Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University and advocate against gun violence asks,”What in the world does anyone need an assault weapon for anyway?  The fact that Congress may buckle on this issue shows that making a profit is clearly more important than protecting children.  It also says that many of our political leaders have become corrupted beyond repair.”

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202 Responses to President Obama May Change His Mind On Assault Weapons Ban

  1. John H Hill Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I hope people will stop looking for easy solutions to complex problems. One person armed with two six s**t revolvers can k**l, at close range, 12 people in 12 seconds. banning assault rifles SOUNDS GOOD but has little effect on the problems at hand. The main problem is ANGER. Address it!!!

  2. Molon Labe Reply

    January 19, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Never believe or trust a liar until the liar has either left, been impeached or voted out of office! Remain vigilant to protect your Constitutional Rights everyone!

  3. K Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    To bear arms does NOT mean you need to have military style weapons.You have lived your life for decades w/o assault weapons so it is not necessary.The Constitution is NOT the BIBLE it can be changed when necessary,No one is taking away gun rights,just trying to keep the worst weapons away frm the criminals,if criminals and mental illed could get their hands on nuclear bombs would you not want to change the admendment to bear arms.

    • Larry Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      For those that think these are relatively new firearms, what you liberal leftists deem an assault rifle, actually it’s the AR15 and it’s been around since the early 60′s.

    • Larry Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      For those that think these are relatively new firearms, what you liberal leftists deem an assault rifle, actually it’s the AR15 and it’s been around since the early 60′s.

    • Larry Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      For those that think these are relatively new firearms, what you liberal leftists deem an assault rifle, actually it’s the AR15 and it’s been around since the early 60′s.

    • Blake Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      K, I’m respectfully going to inform you that you are misinformed. It is a good idea to research history when it comes to these types of discussions. The 2nd amendment is NOT about defending the right to hunt and shoot paper targets. Our founding fathers were very clear, it’s purpose is the last ditch safeguard against tyranny. Thomas Jefferson said, “the glory of the 2nd is that you won’t really need it until they try to take it”. During the Revolutionary war, most of the artillery was privately owned. That means civilians owned the cannons. There was an act passed in 1903, called the d**k Act which reaffirmed this. Basically, it said that we have 3 means of defense-the organized militia, which is the national guard that may be used for national emergencies and to suppress insurrections. There is the standing army, then there is the UNORGANIZED milita. The unorganized milita was said by the founders, and again reaffirmed by the d**k Act, to include ALL ABLE BODIED CITIZENS between the ages of 18-45. This act said that the unorganized militia shall never be forbidden to possess any types of weapons, and they may possess in as much quantity as they can afford. The 2nd amendment is about SELF DEFENSE, not hunting. In the 1700′s everyone hunted, or else you didn’t eat. IF there is a gang of MS-13 members, armed lets say with nothing but knives, baseball bats, lead pipes, and machetes. They’re outside your door, screaming about how they will rape your family, then make you watch as they slit their throats. What would you rather have, 7 rounds or 30? Do you want to have to stop and reload in the middle? Operate a pump, or keep pulling the trigger? Remember, people miss, especially under stress. Or would you rather call the police to come and investigate in 5 minutes, after they’re done and have fled the scene? There is a reason most law enforcement agencies have switched from shotguns to AR-15′s, because it’s the best tool to defend yourself. Statistically, you are more likely to accidentally be killed by your doctor, or be accidentally s**t by a cop than you are to see a mass murder scenario. Yet, when these things happen, everyone panics and blames guns. Who’s blaming all the drugs these people are on, and why is this not discussed in media? Is it, maybe because the drug companies pay the media?

    • Robert Sauter Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      The US constitution is a “d**d DOCUMENT” and will not be changed easy. Those are the rules so get used to it or try China you may have better luck there.

    • J Reply

      January 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      the rite to bare arms is there to protect me from those who wish to infringe on all of my other rites including the government how can i protect myself form power if i dont have power myself this is the intent of the 2nd amendment and we as americans have lived a soft fat life for to long we think the days of world war and soldiers at your door step are behind us all it takes is a history book to tell you those days are ahead

    • you are an idiot Reply

      February 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

      You are the type that is as stupid as the idiot you voted for.

  4. toothpick Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    There are plenty of reasons to have a semi-auto assault rifle. They range from sport shooting to protecting cattle from packs of dogs on a ranch and do not to forget its our right from the second ammendment. Besides malpractice from medical kills 10 to 1 from a gun and from cars 5 to 1 from a gun. But both are never considered for a ban. As for the ar15 it is true it was not a ar15 for the reason a ar15 does on have any grips on the extractor side, its on the rear near the b**t of the weapon. And they dont even say one word about the other two hand guns in the school and the henery repeator also in the trunk or even the 2nd shooter. Watch THE SANDY HOOK SHOOTING FULL STORY on youtube. I own assault weapons and am a ferm believer in owning them.

  5. lester Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Do you know the funny thing about this? All of the these liberals minded people won’t even do the research. They will not even look at the fbi website for the gun and v*****t crime offenses since 1971. They will simply spew there opinion with NOTHING to back it up. I dare all liberals to look at the data. When you do, you will see that in the 10 year gun ban that the gov instituted, it did NOTHING for gun violence or v*****t crime. NOTHING! Read it for yourself. Also, since 1979 there has been a 50% reduction in v*****t crime in the states as well as a 54% reduction in gun crime. Why is no one taking the credit for this?

    This is all date from the FBI.gov site and the BATF site. Take the time, read the stats. Stop trying to push your opinion and look at the hard data available. That is unless you are so close minded you need a back round check to post on the net.

  6. Vick Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Great news. But always look for the sneak attack from behind.

    Donate to NRA-ILA and gun owners of America today!
    Give whatever you can! $5-10-20 anything helps!

  7. BC Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

    no what is curropt is considering banning weapons in the first place. go re-read the second amendment you non-patirots.

  8. James Sanders Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Robert, No words spoken has any greater truth than those that were spoken by you. Our LEO’s are our soldier’s of our streets and our communities ad are to be commended for all that they try and accomplish. With shortages caused by government because of budget cuts, freezing of hiring new officers, longer hours of officer’s on duty while their pay scale stays basically unchanged for the work and stress they go through on a daily basis, having to work specials or events while off duty just to be able to make a salary that will just help you get everything paid for the month.
    The reason I bring this up is to say that even as LEO’s, you are greatly out numbered by the criminal element and have to be out on the streets taking chances no one else would just so you can say you are one whom tried to make a difference. Point of this is when you start your shift, even though you try and put it out of your mind, you always wonder when the time will come that you may be faced with the fact that you will run up on a situation where you could be confronted by bad people and loose, leaving behind a wife and children. Yet you choose to do it away regardless, as that is what shaped you into the person you. LEO’s are our Warriors a are to be commended for your service just as we do the Military as you draw the line in the sand and refuse to give an inch regardless.
    Thank you Robert for your service and I feel that citizens everywhere should rally around our men and women in uniform that try and make our streets safe. I salute you Sir!!!

  9. us.soldier Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    The 2 party fight makes me sick we need to normalize aditional canidates where they have a viable s**t at getting elected to the presidency, im tired of having to choose between one extreme or the other a viable third part with an actual s**t would be nice across the board as it would act as a tie breaker

  10. Bran Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Do not trust this, whether it is true or not. Increase your guard, this may be a trick to lower it. So when they drop the hammer we will be very weak by it.

  11. gus Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    some will hate this and others will love it …but its stone ugly and overtones will shout over the years to come ! the emotional rage over gun control with wording of excuses for what ? look at the history of tyrants of the past before slavery is implemented ,all are disarmed ! excuses are used to cover the facts of the disarming for control but a wave of terror is formed and more rights/ self-protection are removed. and still the troubles are abound the real history and culture is bring redirected to a artificial form without facts to back it ! more over a government in a state of change over is and has happening ,a separation of the government and people by its founding case of laws and culture is out of date with times .so what are troubles, its value of life ,YES, value of life its self ,,,read about the excuses ”its for the kids ,public safety etc ” over gun control for the cover ,but from abortion to obingo care euthanasia panels cuts into the love of life to pure d**n hate of life its self , so what follows is a wave of terror for all ! we have elitism at play without respect the rule of law – call for E.O. over rule of law for the last vestige of a greatest set of laws ,which gave the greatest rights to all above state ! a return or d***h of nation ???there is NO place in this nation for collective guilt !!

  12. Houtson Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Dr. Boyce Watkins, what is the horsepower and top speed of your car? You don’t NEED anything that will travel faster than 55 mph or have more horsepower than is required to just move your weight. After all, more powerful cars can become weapons, just like airplanes have.
    BUT… you want it and it’s legal to own. You don’t have to explain yourself – and we don’t either.

  13. karlak2t Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    If you cant support yourself and are on welfare. You know handouts! You shouldn’t have the right to vote. Ingrid probably used her medicaid to get pills that her kid sold and has an assault rifle.
    She dont want anyone have the legal kind.

  14. Dex Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Dr. Boyce Watkins is a bleding idiot.

  15. Al Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Do not trust him. He is not to be believed. Will say anything. BHO wants to ban all guns. He will say anything to get the public to settle down so he can slip something thru. Be aware. This is far from over.

    In all likelihood it will never be over.

  16. Al Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Do not trust him. He is not to be believed. Will say anything. BHO wants to ban all guns. He will say anything to get the public to settle down so he can slip something thru. Be aware. This is far from over.

    In all likelihood it will never be over.

  17. V Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  18. Luciano Ramos Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    We still have to keep on them and not let up! We have to keep writing the powers that be in our states and even the highest of offices and express to them that we are not willing to accept their wills and wants! They are voted in by the people for the people…not by the people to rule the people! The people do not want a assault weapons ban and any of the c**p they are dishing! v*****t crime is down in American and has been going down for the last 11yrs, lower rate of violence now after the last ban was lifted then when the ban was in place…it has been proven bans do not work! If the Government fears the people it is because they are not doing their d**n jobs! So now they will pay and pay dearly with their elected positions…now it is time for use to vote their butts out of office because they can seem to only be able to vote for a pay raise and get nothing else done in DC!

  19. Frederick Douglass Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Why Obama folded? First reason is that he has a spine made out of banana. Anytime he gets any opposition from someone in an equal position of power and strength that could fight him. He folds like a cheap lawn chair. If you are poor, middle-class or some dirt farmer in a third world country. Obama has no problems tossing out your Human Rights or Killing. But the fact that there are 300 million guns in the US and 150 million gun owners left his boxers stained. There are only about 1.5 million active duty service members. They swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution not to listen to any President, Senator or Congressme who defies what it says. The Second Ammendment gives you the right to own a Firearm and protect yourself, period. They can try and say it doesn’t all they want but it doesn’t change it. Then the pesky little thing called facts about the Sandy Hook shooting reveals their true mentality. How can you say it’s stupide to have armed Security or Police protecting our children in their schools but at the same time the President’s daughters who go to a school with plenty of rich kids, diplomats’ kids, and other government officials have armed Securtiy not including the Secret Service protecting them? So it’s okay for rich kids to have people protecting them buy not your kid? Which politician was going to vote for a Law allowing Police or the Military if they would be stupid enough to do something like that to come onto the private property of any civilian who has not been convicted of a Crime and confiscate your weapons and search your property without a Warrant or Probable Cause? Last but not least. Explain to me what magical Law you are going to come up with to stop some psychopath from stealing someone else’s legally purchased weapons like this case in Sandy Hook since you can’t ban all weapons? For those of you who have never served in the Military or been in any type of Police Academy it takes less than 3.5 seconds to dump a magazine and reload. An anagram called SPORTS. s**p the magazin in. Pull the ejection port back. Observe the chamber to make sure no smoke stacks or rounds are already in there. Return the slide or action. Tap the forward assist. Shoot the weapon. As fast as it took you to read that it’s faster to do it. Magazine bans only mean something to someone with Ninja powers who can run away in the 3.5 secondes it takes to reload. It just amazed me that so many people of color who know the history of Slavery and Jim Crow are willing to give up their gun rights in this racist country. Like all the people alive to prior to 1965 just magically diappeared.

  20. Gary Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Was this all smoke and mirrors to keep us away from Benghazi or some of the other foolishness they
    don’t want us thinking about?

    • AD Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

      You’re right. We have not forgotten about Benghazi or Fast n Furious. The American public is awake, now that Obama has decided to wake us up to his lies and mass deception. We also haven’t forgotten that he may not a legitimate candidate for presidency, and are demanding our leaders to initiate a formal investigation into that.

      We are on to your game, Obama.

  21. Devon Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Watched Colin Powell today on Meet the Press; what happened to him?? He’s coming across as a far left Socialist, talking about more gun bans “why anyone would need an AR type rifle”—. The Constitution doesn’t say anything about Muskets, just like it doesn’t talk about digital media. Yesterday’s Musket is todays AR, just as yesterday’s single page printing press is today’s web page.

    About previous Ban’s; in the 90′s the far left successfully redefined what an “Assault Weapon” was, characterized by it’s “dangerous” appearance that had nothing to do with function.

    Now the far left is trying to get a new term to stick “Weapons of War” is their new mantra. Why would anyone need a “weapon of war” in their home.

    Well, the answer is the same as it was almost 300 years ago when a musket was the highest tech rifle someone could own. To protect themselves and to hunt. Simple

    And for someone of color to say we don’t need to protect ourselves is just unbelievable. Maybe not this year, or this decade, but who knows what the future may bring in 50, 100, 200 years??

  22. Bill Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I BELIEVE THAT ANY ACT TAKEN TO UNDERMINE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES BY THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, OR CONGRESS, SHOULD RESULT IN IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT AND OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE ON THE BASIS OF DECIEPT OF THEIR OBLIGATION AND OATH TAKEN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE VERY CONSTITUTION THEY ARE TRYING TO CIRCUMVENT.

    • Rocky Reply

      January 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Well said.

  23. Robert C. Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I’m a Deputy Sheriff in Florida. I will tell you based on first hand real live experiences, we need MENTAL HEATLH CARE REFORM in this country BAD.

    There are already enough laws that tell us what we can and can not do… more laws will solve nothing.

    In addition, we need to bring back INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY and bring an end to extended welfare/handout programs… period.

    I know plenty of unemployed criminals, black and white, whose girlfriends and mothers support them via welfare benefits.

    Like many things in life, what was once a good idea (help for the needy) has evolved into a mess wrought with greed and misuse… I KNOW, I SEE IT EVERY DAY I GO TO WORK.

    • Rocky Reply

      January 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Exactly.

      And by the way, Thank You for your efforts as a Peace Officer to protect and serve.

      Some of us do appreciate it.

    • James Sanders Reply

      January 14, 2013 at 6:07 am

      Robert, No words spoken has any greater truth than those that were spoken by you. Our LEO’s are our soldier’s of our streets and our communities ad are to be commended for all that they try and accomplish. With shortages caused by government because of budget cuts, freezing of hiring new officers, longer hours of officer’s on duty while their pay scale stays basically unchanged for the work and stress they go through on a daily basis, having to work specials or events while off duty just to be able to make a salary that will just help you get erything paid for the month.
      The reason I bring this up is to say that even as LEO’s, you are greatly out numbered by the criminal element and have to be out on te streets taking chances no one else would just so you can say you are one whom tried to make a difference. Point of this is when you start your shift, even though you try and put it out of your mind, you always wonder when the time will come that you may be faced with the fact that you will run up on asituation where you could be confronted by bad people and loose, leaving behind a wife and children. Yet you choose to do it away regardless, as that is what shaped you into the person you. LEO’s are our Warriors a are to be commended for your service just as we do the Military as you draw the line in the sand and refuse to give an inch regardless.
      Thank you Robert for your service and I feel that citizens everywhereshould rally around our men and women in uniform that try and make our streets safe. I salute you Sir!!!

  24. bobvila Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Actually trying to pass an “assault weapons” ban would be the demise of the Democrats just like happened in 1994. Even the President said in the second debate that even Chicago didnt have a problem with assault weapons, which happens to be the murder capital of the Country.

  25. Brian Hagedorn Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Actually a few economists foresaw this happening and directly related the AWB issue to the debt ceiling. Deals will be made in congress to have a few feel good laws passed on guns without an all out assault weapons ban in return for raising the debt ceiling. This is becoming more evident with the Trillion Dollar Coin being s**t down by the treasury. I am happy there won’t be an AWB but worried about the debt ceiling being raised and the countries deficit spiraling out of control.

  26. John Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 2:51 am

    To those who want gun control, I am not here to argue with you. But many of you have been asking why we need guns! Here is your answer- I am a law abiding citizen, I have a 2nd Amendment right that protects your 1st Amendment right to voice your opinion about not liking the 2nd Amendment. If ever the time comes where we are invaded, or I am around when your life or your childrens life is being threatend, I will use my weapon in your defense, and would gladly lay down my life to protect yours or your family’s with out hesitation! That is why we need guns! You may not agree and I respect that, just remember if im ever there when one of you need help, all diffrences aside, I will put myself in between you and evil!

    • Marvin Gardner Reply

      January 13, 2013 at 4:21 am

      Very well said John. Your words ring so very true. Ii sincerely respect your ideas.

      • Cleve Reply

        January 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

        I agree with John also…being former military (22 years),I took and oath to protect my country from all enemies foreign and domestic and if that meant giving my life to protect your life….nuff said.
        PS: To all readers of these comments..do you really know what an “Assault Weapon” is ?

        • Fortitude253 Reply

          January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

          An assault rifle is a rifle in which fires fully automatic or select fire 3rd burst. A semi-automatic (1 round fired per trigger pull) black rifle is NOT an assault rifle. The AR in AR-15 is for Armalite, not assault rifle. They use a magazine, not a clip.

          • Joe Masotti Reply

            January 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

            It’s really upsetting that we have to keep repeating these truths to people who refuse to see the truth.

            • Rocky Reply

              January 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

              Amen.

  27. noah Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Ingrid, you are so lost. Defeat the republicans?
    As if the republicans are some kind of invading force that suddenly popped up in DC? As if having a one party system is good for liberty? As if the second amendment is just about keeping guns in republican hands? That is beyond ignorant; that’s blatant and willful ignorance.

    As if Obama isn’t a mass murderer? He’s responsible for killing hundreds if not thousands of innocent people in his drone war. He’s s**t on the bill of rights by signing the ndaa and SUEING to keep the indefinite detention clause in the bill.

    Come on.

  28. D.Kolourskeme Reply

    January 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

    its remarkable how intelligent one iz 4 an AMERICAN.
    after it finish plotting 4 an ounce of property remind
    me to wake up and mind my f**king business.
    u can find the next party,atm,any other chosen free hand out
    setting but cant find anyone with an ounce of good sense.
    AN AMERICAN HOLD UP.

  29. Howie Reply

    January 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    We are a minority. With this I will never support disarming us.

  30. Michael Reply

    January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    d**n! Does this guy FIGHT for any thing or for that matter anyone (i.e. Susan Rice)?

  31. Ingrid Senior Reply

    January 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I think Obama should make a big push on the ban of assault weapons. This might be the icing on the cake that will destroy the Republican party once and for all.

    • Bob Reply

      January 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Demise of the Republican party is not gonna happen lady, you are a dumbfuck socialist, move to Russia if you dislike a Democracy!

      • Jesse Reply

        January 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

        Bob, maybe you should leave with her.

        we are not a democracy. you have been hook, lined and sinker by the RFepublican party.

        WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC/CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.

        so you need to leave with her.

        “Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting that vote” – Ben Franklin

    • Ingrid Senior Reply

      January 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Yep,you can call all the names you want but the more the right wing fights against the ban on these weapons the more intense the fight. Tell that to the Sandyhook families that are still grieving over their loved ones.
      I am glad we have stop signs and red lights but people like you would rather destroy the goverment.The perception I am getting is you would rather go back to the days of cowboys and Indians. lets face it we cant stop everyone from using guns but limits,and adjusments can deter further deaths. The only tyrany I would worry about is right wingers that believe I should were a burka and have no rights as a woman.

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