Image Source: The White House

BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


Vice President Joe Biden promised quick action Thursday speaking with reporters before a day’s worth of meetings with representatives from the NRA, gun retailers, hunting associations, and the entertainment industry.

“‘This doesn't mean it is the end of the discussion, but the public wants us to act. This is a complicated issue … there is no singular solution to how we deal with mass shootings.” 

Biden is heading up the president's coalition tasked with preventing gun violence in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the United States. That task force has been meeting members from a wide range of religious groups, educators, medical groups, the entertainment industry, gun dealers and gun advocates to discuss gun policy.  

The topics being discussed:

An assault weapons ban
Background checks
High capacity ammunition clips
And violence in popular culture.

TIME quotes the VP ‘...‘there has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability.’’

But after talks concluded with the pro-gun NRA, the group said the meeting didn’t accomplish anything.

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,"

The NRA says it will now turn its focus to Congress signalling the tough opposition new gun regulations would face there. Wednesday the White House said the president is considering enacting gun regulations through an executive order.

Such a move would circumvent the deeply partisan and often gridlocked congress.

Washington Times columnist Joseph Cotto says with little hope of gun legislation making it through Congress, the president has few other options for meaningful action.

“If our nation has reached the point that an executive order is the only way of accomplishing this, then so be it. … Sometimes, leadership requires such decisive action.”

But in reality there’s not much the president could change with an executive order. The Atlantic Wire says he certainly couldn’t implement any of the new legislation being discussed.

“Perhaps the threat of executive order resonates because Obama has used it to stop deporting young illegal immigrants and to stop fighting for the Defense of Marriage Act in court. But stopping enforcement of a law Congress has passed is very different from starting the enforcement of a law that Congress hasn't passed.”

And an analyst on Al Jazeera says all of the current proposals are simply rehashes of old ideas and don’t address the deeper problems causing gun violence.

“The real war is American culture and this is not popular to say but Americans have a fundamental belief that they have the right to own guns so one day they can fight their oppressive government … and that is something that needs to change in that attitude in our gun culture.”

Biden says he will deliver his recommendations to the president by Tuesday.






 

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Biden Says Gun Policy Consensus is Emerging, Meets With NRA

 

Image Source: The White House

BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


Vice President Joe Biden promised quick action Thursday speaking with reporters before a day’s worth of meetings with representatives from the NRA, gun retailers, hunting associations, and the entertainment industry.

“‘This doesn't mean it is the end of the discussion, but the public wants us to act. This is a complicated issue … there is no singular solution to how we deal with mass shootings.” 

Biden is heading up the president's coalition tasked with preventing gun violence in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the United States. That task force has been meeting members from a wide range of religious groups, educators, medical groups, the entertainment industry, gun dealers and gun advocates to discuss gun policy.  

The topics being discussed:

An assault weapons ban
Background checks
High capacity ammunition clips
And violence in popular culture.

TIME quotes the VP ‘...‘there has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability.’’

But after talks concluded with the pro-gun NRA, the group said the meeting didn’t accomplish anything.

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,"

The NRA says it will now turn its focus to Congress signalling the tough opposition new gun regulations would face there. Wednesday the White House said the president is considering enacting gun regulations through an executive order.

Such a move would circumvent the deeply partisan and often gridlocked congress.

Washington Times columnist Joseph Cotto says with little hope of gun legislation making it through Congress, the president has few other options for meaningful action.

“If our nation has reached the point that an executive order is the only way of accomplishing this, then so be it. … Sometimes, leadership requires such decisive action.”

But in reality there’s not much the president could change with an executive order. The Atlantic Wire says he certainly couldn’t implement any of the new legislation being discussed.

“Perhaps the threat of executive order resonates because Obama has used it to stop deporting young illegal immigrants and to stop fighting for the Defense of Marriage Act in court. But stopping enforcement of a law Congress has passed is very different from starting the enforcement of a law that Congress hasn't passed.”

And an analyst on Al Jazeera says all of the current proposals are simply rehashes of old ideas and don’t address the deeper problems causing gun violence.

“The real war is American culture and this is not popular to say but Americans have a fundamental belief that they have the right to own guns so one day they can fight their oppressive government … and that is something that needs to change in that attitude in our gun culture.”

Biden says he will deliver his recommendations to the president by Tuesday.






 

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