President Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking the power of his office, lawmakers who were briefed on the plan said Monday.
Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest Congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible. ...NYT
I could really like this guy that I voted for. But he's not exactly going to do a Custer.
Actions the president could take on his own are likely to include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort. ...NYT
The realist insists that, yes, Biden will present some really useful findings from his task force's intense research about gun control to the President. These will be much admired, will be put "on the table," and will be found there much later -- scrunched up and by-passed. Republicans will do anything and everything, from the merely obstructive to the openly obscene, to prevent any attempt to make America safer and saner.
Representative Steve Stockman, Republican of Texas, threatened Monday to file articles of impeachment if the president seeks to regulate guns with executive orders. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary,” Mr. Stockman said in a statement. ...NYT
And then there's the NRA. Pretty much every report on progress in the matter of gun control also raises the spectre of NRA's influence and money. Just how powerful will they be? Who knows. But we do know how effective they weren't a couple of months ago when all those $17 million spent on the 2012 election went down the drain.
The NRA's PAC and its Institute for Legislative Action also spent $11.7 million supporting defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and opposing President Obama, according to campaign finance data for the 2012 election cycle compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics and its website, Opensecrets.org.
In all, the gun lobbying group spent more than $17 million on the 2012 presidential and congressional contests, $11.9 million opposing Democrats and $5.4 million in support of Republicans, according to Opensecrets.org.
The $3.4 million in the Senate races was targeted at three Democratic incumbents - Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bill Nelson of Florida and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - and three Democratic competitors for open seats - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
All six won their races against Republicans.
With a membership of 4.3 million gun owners and gun-rights supporters, the NRA has long enjoyed a reputation as an influential lobbying group with enough clout to doom lawmakers from red states who oppose their agenda.
The 2012 election results undercut that perception, gun-control advocates insisted. ...SFGate