Vice President Biden will be reporting recommendations from his gun violence task force to President Obama as early as Tuesday of next week. The task force met with the all-powerful NRA yesterday. They first met with hunting and wildlife groups during the day of meetings.
The vice-president said, "There is a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks." He also told reporters before the NRA meeting that he would likely recommend a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. The NRA emerged from the meeting with the following critical statement, "It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen." Were they in the same meeting as the one Joe Biden attended?
The vice president also acknowledged that there is a "small window" of opportunity for changing gun laws. People are still upset about the Newtown shooting, and there is consensus among the American people that it is time to do something about the gun laws in this country. He knows people are fickle, and they will soon change their minds again.
Also mentioned was the most recent school shooting in California at Taft High School as a reason to do something quickly. However, that shooter was not armed with an AR-15 or an AK-47; he was armed with a "shotgun" that belonged to his brother. A ban on high-capacity magazines and all the background checks in the world would not have prevented that kid from getting his hands on a gun. Would the ban and the background checks have prevented the Newtown massacre? Perhaps. Would it have prevented the Aurora shooting? Maybe.
While nobody needs an AR-15 to hunt animals or for self-protection, those weapons and others like them should be banned from civilian hands. President Obama should take the recommendations of the task force and propose immediate legislation. That's the easy part. And it won't prevent any and all future school shootings. After the legislation is passed, it will be time to start working on the hard stuff... fixing society so that these kids don't keep falling through the cracks and winding up on the news. Hey, that's a great way for the Republican party to redeem itself. They could choose to lead that effort, but they have to lead without the hell fire and damnation, without guns blazing, and without demonizing people that don't think exactly as they do. Well, it was just a suggestion. Instead they will point their finger at the President and the Vice President after the next school shooting when/if one occurs after the new laws take effect and say, "We told you so."
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