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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Obama Working Group Likely to be Heavily Focused on Gun Control

Hoping to act before Americans move on to other concerns, President Obama announced that the working group he created today to address the Newtown shooting would offer recommendations by the end of January.  The Hill notes that the fact Vice President Joe Biden has been put in charge of the working group means it will focus mostly on gun control.  Obama said that public opinion polls showed support for a so-called "assault weapons" ban, limits on the size of ammunition magazines, and waiting periods for firearms purchases as if that is a good reason to rush and impose new laws.

If only the politicians in Washington had the testicular fortitude of Virginia's governor.  The Washington Post Virginia Politics blog notes that Governor Bob McDonnell said on Monday it is "way too early" to know whether new gun control laws are needed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.
It is interesting that the things that Obama and others have cited like waiting periods, closing the so-called "gun show loophole" had nothing to do with what happened at Newtown.  Additionally, a new ban on modern sporting rifles would not prevent this type of incident from occurring the future since they would only ban the sale of additional rifles of this type.  So, it sounds an awful lot like the gun ban crowd is using this incident to try and get everything that has been on their laundry list for the last ten years.

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