Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled: What's Your Take?

Branford's state senator, Democrat Ed Meyer, thinks the plan misses an opportunity to outlaw gun magazines and because of that won't be effective. What do you think?

President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post.

According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s plan includes:

  • reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban,
  • restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines,
  • getting rid of armor-piercing bullets,
  • ending a freeze on research into gun violence,
  • providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
  • calling on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals".
  • Making schools safer by giving communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and school counselors.

Connecticut political reaction came in quickly.

Rich Burgess, the president of gun-advocacy group Connecticut Carry, weighed in.

"It sounds like President Obama has finally taken the first step in instructing his Federal employees to do their jobs as they should have been doing all along," Burgess said in a statement to Patch. "That we had to wait for the Sandy Hook massacre for President Obama to feel compelled to instruct his employees to do their jobs is shameful."

After a recent forum on gun control held in Guilford, Burgess lodged a complaint against Sen. Meyer and a retired Guilford police officer, alleging that the use of a BB gun during the presentation violated state statute 53-206. The Guilford Police Department said Monday the case has been closed, and after the investigation, no criminal violation was found

"We are glad President Obama came around to accepting the NRA's recommendations of increasing armed security in schools (#18 & #12) and to increase firearms education nationwide (#7)," Burgess continued. "We hope he works with the leader in both areas, the NRA, to implement these programs. We will be happy to assist here in Connecticut as needed through the work we have already been engaging in with regards to education and training."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released this following statement:

“In the hours after the worst of our fears were confirmed, in the midst of the grief and sorrow over the loss of 20 innocent children and six dedicated educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was one question on the minds of people across Connecticut and around the nation: How do we make sure this never happens again? 

“Today the President took the critical first step toward answering that question.  The common sense measures he proposed today are something that we should all be able to agree on, and I want to commend him and the Vice President for their work on this issue.

“I have no doubt that, state by state, we will deal with the issue of gun violence.  Over the coming months, I will do everything in my power to make sure that Connecticut is a national leader in preventing gun violence.  We will take steps to make sure that our gun laws are as tight as they are reasonable, that our mental health system is accessible to those that need it, and that our law enforcement personnel have all the tools they need to protect public safety, particularly in our schools.

“But we can’t go it alone.  We need leadership at the federal level, and for the first time in a long time, we have it. 

“We will not be able to stop gun violence completely, but we can make our country and our children safer.  We owe it to them, and to all those lost in Sandy Hook, Aurora and every other city that has lost someone to gun violence, to try.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) released this following statement:

These are strong recommendations, and Congress should act on them now—before another mass tragedy occurs. If assault weapons and high capacity magazines were not so readily available, I am convinced there would be more little boys and girls alive in Newtown today. If background checks were universal, our city streets would be safer. There are no longer any excuses for inaction. If the horror of Sandy Hook doesn't move Congress to act on common sense gun laws, I have no idea what will. I’m so appreciative of the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden on this issue, especially their willingness to involve the Sandy Hook parents and families in this effort. Now, it’s time to get to work.

Casey January 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
One - if Obama really cared about the children of this country he would be working 24/7 on reducing the national debt. Instead he doesn't even want to discuss it. Two - Obama must see himself as a king not the elected president of this country. He continues to rule through executive order. Three - Chris Murphy is an idiot to think that the tragedy at Sandy Hook would have been any less possible by some other idiot carrying four 10 round magazines.
Waterford Guy January 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
It seems to me that Obama wants to re-institute a class system, where the politicians, their children, and the politically well-connected get ample armed security (paid for by you and me of course) while us common rabble are reduced to defending ourselves with clubs and knives and muskets. It’s also a sad day when politicians are allowed to dance on the fresh graves of children to push a political agenda, and nobody even thinks to call them out on it. To then surround yourself with children and this press conference is one of the most cowardly actions I have seen a president take. Especially because King Obama has the blood of far more children on his hands, at the whim of his Nintendo pilots who indiscriminately firebomb and missile-strike Pakistani families on an almost daily basis
Stewart Clark January 19, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Obama, and the rest of these political idiots with no knowledge of firearms or much of anything else, love to pass feel good, accomplish nothing, laws that will have no impact on the safety of the children in our schools, or the tragedy at Newtown. How about taking a look at the violence in Hollywood and TV, and these violent video games. Oh, I forgot, they are major contributors to the Democratic party. These "law makers" have no idea what an assault weapon is, other than what is depicted in Hollywood and TV. It is sad that people with no knowledge, have such a great impact on the law abiding citizens of this country.
Antoinette January 24, 2013 at 05:13 AM
I agree with all of the above comments. Obama used his coronation to push his liberal agenda. I can't listen to him speak for more than 2 minutes before I get aggravated. Listening to queen Hillary Clinton was even more sickening. Four brave Americans were murdered and she had the nerve to say what's the difference. How about their families? Do they think it made a difference to them?
Lora March 03, 2013 at 01:00 PM
If he really wanted to respond to the sandy hook tragedy, we would be talking about putting money into mental health care and research. Mental health issues is the real common thread in these most recent tragedies. Put that money into research, treatment and accessibility to care in the schools, the colleges and the communities.


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