Obama Lays Out Agenda to Stem Gun Violence — A Political Heavy Lift

By Jim Allen, Editor, NuVote Reach

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“I think there should be should changes,” is the advice President Barack Obama got from one of the children who wrote to him after the massacre of children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Appearing with several young letter writers at The White House on Wednesday, the President “put forth [what he called a] specific set of proposals” to try to stem gun violence in the United States and “protect our children.”

The president signed twenty-three executive orders in the presence of his young advisers, ranging from charging the CDC to study the impact of violent programming, ordering data sharing for the federal background check system, to school safety and school counseling initiatives.

Moreover, the president said the “Congress must act… right away to institute “universal background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun.”

“Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons” and mandate a “10-round limit on magazines,” said the president.

“Congress needs to help rather than hinder law enforcement” and “severely punish” anyone who buys a gun to sell illegally sell it to someone else, added the president.

The president is also asking Congress for $billions to put “more police back on the job and back on the streets” and to beef up enforcement. And called for confirmation of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Acting Director B. Todd Jones as his nominee for the permanent post – vacant for six years, due to political opposition.

“I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard,” wrote another of the president’s youthful advisers.

The president called on citizens to make their positions clear to lawmakers, as his Congressional-focused initiatives will be political heavy lifts and meet vociferous and well-funded opposition.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), responding to President Obama’s framework, said on Wednesday “the president is abusing his power.”

About Jim Allen, Founder/Editor, NuVote Reach

Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Alejo Media, emerging as one of Washington, D.C.’s most artistic and innovative video production and post-production media companies. Previously, as Director of News and Media Services at the American Institute of Physics, he led the creation of the InsideScience.org news platform, which includes Inside Science TV. He also previously served as Media Director, Energy NOW! and Clean Skies TV and as Special Reports Editor/Media Relations Director at The Hill newspaper. Jim has served in various executive, business development and/or programming roles for a number of media concerns including CBS Radio/Television, Radio One Inc. and the Los Angeles Times. Since 1995, he has been a contributor to the Reporters Notebook news roundtable program on NBC 4 TV, DC. He earned a music scholarship to Delaware State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English/Television Production at Virginia State University and, from 2003-2007, attended Concord University School of Law. His commendations include the Washington, DC Teachers' Union Media Relations Award and shared an American Academy of Nursing National Media Award. Jim also chairs a development task force for the faith-based, non-profit House of Help/City of Hope, founded and led by Bishop Dr. Shirley Holloway, which has provided substance abuse, mental health and continuing education programs and transitional housing for tens of thousands of homeless (and battered) women, families and men (including ex-offenders) at its shelter and treatment facilities in Washington, DC and Prince George’s and Charles Counties, MD.
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9 Responses to Obama Lays Out Agenda to Stem Gun Violence — A Political Heavy Lift

  1. judithatwood says:

    Rubio won’t be satisfied unless the youngest members of a family are awarded handguns and assault weapons as soon as they are big enough to hold them. This is a guy who claims to support family values — embarrasses me to claim him as an American.

  2. Mike says:

    All the attention is on limits . . . all in relation of violence among ourselves. I never hear mention of the possibility of foreign infiltrated forces that we might one day have to defend ourselves against. I think the government needs to butt out on imposing limits to law abiding citizens and focus on punishment for those who are not. Everything is getting turned upside down in our country.

  3. Jim, I appreciate your discussion. I personally, believe the states should be the center of any gun control and support nullifying federal mandates. gun control is not the only area, but in the areas of education it is the county school districts that know the most about their children so I support local rather than federal. i also support County Sheriffs and their constitutional foundation to protect our local citizens without federal intervention. Many sheriffs following Sheriff Mack who won a supreme court lawsuit against the federal govt, which supports that the county sheriff has the ultimate jurisdiction as the highest elected official in our local area. Many sheriffs in time of crisis have made local citizens deputies and provided emergency training and gun training preparedness. The same goes for health care, State and local knows better than Federal. I could care less about Republican or Democratic agendas, and am more supportive of local control and local money staying local. In Hays Country we would oppose and nullify any federal mandates which are not in the best interest of our townships.

  4. Jan Stone says:

    I had to re-read the last paragraph, then the entire blog, thinking I missed something. Frightening that it is what it is. Mind-numbingly frightening.

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