Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws
President Obama signs gun-violence-related executive actions following an announcement at the White House Wedensday.
January 16th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws

  • President Barack Obama announces 23 executive actions on gun control, separately asks Congress to pass gun-control laws
  • Obama asks Congress to pass laws that would: require background checks on all gun sales; restore a ban on "military-style assault weapons"; ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds; and toughen penalties on people who sell guns to those who can't have them
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. Also, you can read our full story, and check out details of Obama's plan.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] The National Rifle Association of America has issued a statement responding to Obama's announcement:

"Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority. The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to
protecting America's most valuable asset our children.

"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."

[Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET] Senate Democratic leadership sources tell CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will probably resist much of what the president is pushing, according to CNN's Dana Bash.

These Democratic sources say the most likely legislation to pass will be strengthening background checks, since it is the least overt form of gun control and it also appeals to gun rights advocates' emphasis on keeping guns away from people with mental health and criminal problems.

[Updated at 12:42 p.m. ET] Reaction to Obama's announcement is starting to come in. From Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, whose state was the site of the December 14 school massacre that prompted Obama to examine gun control steps:

"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."

From Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner:

"House committees of jurisdiction will review these recommendations. And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that."

[Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET] The announcement is over, and Obama is signing the 23 executive actions. These actions are in addition to laws that Obama wants Congress to pass. Here, according to the White House, are the 23 executive actions that he and his administration will do:

1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."

2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."

3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."

4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."

5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."

6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."

7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."

8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."

9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."

10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."

11. "Nominate an ATF director."

12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."

13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."

14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."

15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."

16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."

17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."

18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."

19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."

20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."

21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."

22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."

23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."

[Updated at 12:17 p.m. ET] Obama says he acknowledges that Americans have certain unalienable rights, but with those rights come responsibilities, and that Americans are "responsible for each other." These rights including those to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were denied to victims of high profile shooting such as those at Virginia Tech last decade and the December 14 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama called for public pressure on Congress and the gun lobby to push for stronger steps against gun violence, saying "the only way we can change is if the American people demand it."

"Let's do the right thing ... for (shooting victims) and for the country that we love so much. Thank you. I'm going to sign these orders," he said.

[Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET] More details on what Obama said about the 23 executive actions he's poised to take: The actions, he said, include those that would strengthening background checks on gun sales and expand safety programs in schools.

He hasn't said what all of the 23 actions would do.

[Updated at 12:09 p.m. ET] Obama says he will nominate B. Todd Jones, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as its permanent chief. The agency has lacked a permanent leader for six years.

[Updated at 12:07 p.m. ET]  Obama says he will sign 23 executive orders relating to this issue today.

He also will ask Congress to pass laws, including ones that would:

– require universal background checks (background checks on anyone who would buy a gun,  whether in stores or at auctions and conventions)

– restore a ban on "military-style assault weapons" (the ban expired in 2004)

– ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds

– tougher penalties on people who sell guns to people who aren't allowed to have guns

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] President Obama has started to speak, and he's thanking Biden for his work to recommend gun-control steps in the past couple of weeks.

Obama also is acknowledging four children who are sitting being and to the left of his podium. These children were asked to attend the announcement because they wrote letters to Obama after the December 14 shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, school.

The nation should be motivated to keep children such as these from harm, he said. "Their voices should compel us to change," and that's why he asked Biden to come up with recommendations that the country should execute "right now" to curb gun violence, Obama said.

[Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET] "The world has changed and it is demanding action, it is in this context that the president" asked me to come up gun-control recommendations, Biden said.

Some of the recommendations that Biden's task force gave to Obama on Monday include executive orders that the president can make without congressional approval, Biden said.

[Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET] Vice President Joe Biden has begun the event with an acknowledgement of the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, where 20 children and six women were killed. "It's been 33 days since (the nation's heart) has been broken" by the Newtown shooting, he said.

He's also addressing the Newtown victims' relatives who are attending the White House announcement.

[Initial post, 11:38 a.m. ET] The moment for President Barack Obama to announce his gun-control proposals is about to arrive.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to unveil around 11:55 a.m. ET gun control proposals that, according to a source, will include background checks on all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons, and a ban on gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.

This post will have details on Obama's proposals as they are announced. Check this page starting just before noon ET, and refresh often for updates.

The announcement at the White House comes after Biden led a task force to make gun-control proposals, partly in response to a December 14 shooting that killed 20 children and six women at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

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  1. the only one

    Tell every home to own a weapon look at Kenshaw, Ga...he is doing it all wrong

    January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      You've got it right!!!!!!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ammoaj

      No one said anything about taking away handguns. I have guns in my home, I will blow anyone away who threatens my family. I am not in fear on losing my weapons, because they are not banning handguns, just assault weapons. Quit picking fights like a woman who sees another wear the same dress as hers.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You should be very afraid of them taking away your weapons. If they take away semiauto rifles, guess whats next, your handguns that you use to protect your family. It is a slippery slope.

      January 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike hunt

    what are the freaking orders he is signing?!?!?!!

    January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • None

      Weekly Standard has the list.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bankrupt 1

      we aren't allowed to know.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bEAR

      Those "freaking orders" he are signing are all within his limitations as President and are chock full of common sense.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC1973

      What are the Orders? Weekly Standard has the list? Weekly ... ?

      THE ARTICLE YOU'RE COMMENTING IS A LIST OF THE ORDERS.

      That does it. That seals it. You people have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Basically, he has said the NRA was right. There is no gun ban, just a bunch of stuff about mental health and providing "resource officers" to more schools.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      The orders are listed in the article that you are commenting on. Do you just respond to something without reading the article like many of the people who are commenting. Read the article people, the President is not taking away anyone's right to own a gun, he is taking steps to try and make common sense laws to make it harder for people who shouldn't have a gun get one. And yes, my husband has a lot of guns and believes that there needs to be changes.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyhouse 145

      Surprise, surprise.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No U

    Can't believe he mentioned straw purchases after the Fast and Furious ATF debacle.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      main stream media wont cover how the same people who are trying to ban our riffles gave the same riffles to the Mexican cartel

      January 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyhouse 145

      Don;t do as I do.Do as I tell you to do.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Al Orlando

    I feel safe now. Did Obama tell each of those kids that they owe $250,000 each to the government.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bizzy B

    So Obama is making a new Gun Law? Tell us more about how people obey laws .....

    January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      If they don't obey they can be arrested. And I'll bet that these are laws that the police will enforce because the laws protect them too!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkinil

      Exactly. Anyone who believes this will do any good really is the dolt he thinks they are. All he did was read from the current list of laws that are already on the books but not being enforced. The only new thing is the ban (which will never get thru Congress and he knows that) and the universal checks for non-dealers (which at this point is not enforceable because there is no access to the databases)

      January 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bEAR

      So let's get rid of all the laws? Anarchist society's died out for the most part quite some time ago, for good reason too. I think there may be a few small colonies in South America who still practice it, I'd recommend moving there, considering this Country was formed around a group of laws.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC1973

      No. He made no laws, gun or otherwise. Because that's not his job. That is Congress' job.

      Are you allergic to information, or ...? Because, seriously, I'm not feeling the whole "let's scream and rant and rave about something that we imagined just happened" thing.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. linda

    Cars are not built to kill people, they are accidents. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ..... how can anyone be upset about banning assault weapons.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • biff

      Will Homeland Security, the Secret Service, FBI, state and local police, ect give up their assault weapons? Why do they need them?

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      He's not just banning assault rifles, some of these guns that he is banning are the farthest thing from assault rifles. Just look at what NYS did yesterday, they now made over 1 Million of their citizens criminals in a "midnight act" just like these Presidential orders that idiot just issued. He's becoming a tyranist!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ngiotta

      Great, but AR-15's aren't assault rifles.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      Biff, are you serious???? Why do law enforcement need them? The friggin' criminals have them....THAT"S WHY!!!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Backwoods Okie

      kosterwi

      You're making his point - the criminals have them. That means, by definition, they are law-breakers. So why on earth would passing MORE laws affect them? That's the entire issue most gun-owners have with this mess of impotent legistlation - none of it will truly stop a criminal from getting a gun. They don't CARE about the laws. Murder is already illegal - how's that working to stop them from commiting it?

      January 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • one against a million

      AR-15 are classified as a high powered weapon that can be used as an assualt weapon. What the heack is wrong with americans today.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Its amazing how much talk there is about AR-15s being so high-powered, and so little facts. This is a small caliber rifle. In fact some states feel that the cartridge that most AR-15s are chambered in is not powerful enough for deer hunting. The .223 is most often used for target shooting and varmint hunting. The military uses it because most of their shots miss because they are used for covering fire, and that round is cheaper and lighter to carry. When they really want to use a rifle to get a kill, they send in a sniper, and they shoot rifles which are much more like the hunting rifles we all agree are ok. And yes, they usually use bolt action rifles for sniping. No one is saying it an AR-15 isn't deadly – what we are saying is you're blowing the firepower aspect way out of proportion and making it seem as if the AR-15 is the most powerful rifle in the country, and most powerful weapon available to civilians. That is far from the reality.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      Because there is no such thing, in the 70's and 80's the term Saturday Night Special... Basically they said criminals use themj so lets ban them; (Not taking into account, even if it were true, they could use better firearms) That was debunked, criminals prefer hi quality guns like the police do. Semi automatics are all the same, the only difference is the caliber.. They have been legal for over 100 years, the AR15 legal for 50 years. It looks like a military rifle, so people think it is one... But military rifles are also machine guns m16 and M4

      January 17, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gwen

    WRONG! The right to bear arms is not hindered,unless you are a criminal or known psycho, just the right to bear assault weapons.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC1973

      The "right to bear assault weapons" hasn't been touched.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotaCnnFan

      Why can I not have a semi auto rifle? I am a law abiding citizen. Let us take your first ammendment right to complain and make public statements. To form a militia you have to have the weapons owned by citizens that they would face to turn away despots, tyranny, and invasion. This is a SYMPATHY LAW that takes away some of my 2nd amd rights.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • twalker

      Look at the 23 orders more closely. It says the DOJ can change the rules on who can own guns of any kind. Plus it is encouraging doctors to make recommendations that thier patients are not stable to own guns. That is limiting who can own a gun with no evidence that they are criminals or unstable.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NormG

      What is an assault rifle? Nobody can own a fully automatic weapon. The exact same rifle with a wood stock is o.k., but if it looks military it becomes an "assault" weapon?!?! There is no technical category of "assault" weapon...the term was made up...invented. It's a smokescreen, unnecessary, not a problem, and a lot of nonsense. More people were kicked and punched to death than were killed by all rifles (including the mythical assault rifle)...and that is an FBI fact. Should we outlaw feet, too?

      January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rbl

      Technical definitionof assault rifle is one having a select fire switch allowing you to select between semi auto and full auto. This OS already illegal

      January 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Assault weapons are nothing more than hunting rifles wearing goth makeup.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • vermont

      President asking Congress to ban so called Assault weapons not issuing EO banning them .
      That can not pass Congress as is and President knows that . So where you coming from that he banned Sporting Semiautomatic Rifles ?

      January 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry

      Any weapon that kills can be used to assault. Do some findings on your own and stop getting "The Facts" from TV. Most of the so called assault weapons are .223 caliber AR-15, M16. Hunting rifles are 30-30 or .308, or .306 "30 aut 6" Much more powerful that a .223 that I use for varmits. Ground hogs, rabbits, or a wolf. Most of the Police that use 9mm hand guns have a magizine that holds 15 shots. If we ban any magizines over 10 shots what will they and millions of others that have these guns by law do for ammo? Lets get real.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Republic of Texas

      Gwen,
      You can't change the definition of words. Marriage means between a man and a woman, period. The right to bear arms means what it says. You can't call one type of gun scary, lets get rid of it. Typical liberal group think. Idiots

      January 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Too bad Texas hasn't left the union yet...

      January 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jp

      Like how you changed the definition of marriage from a union of 2 nouns to a union between a man and a woman....did you know a business merger is also considered a marriage?? Or when 2 genes are spliced together it's considered a marriage?? If you're going to preach about not changing definitions then you had better practice it too

      January 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just the facts

      The right to bear arms is already hindered. The purpose of the 2nd amendment was to keep the citizens on par with the military (foreign or domestic) to discourage oppression. By banning assault weapons you're effectively banning the 2nd amendment.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      which are weapons, arms, firearms, etc. So ya, that right to bear those weapons is being infringed upon

      January 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Gwen, do you know what an assault weapon is? I didn't think so.

      January 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wind

      No where in the second amendment does it say one thing about hunting, sporting or anything else. It is about defending yourself. That means with ANY firearm.

      January 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Correct. Why are people arguing as if they can't buy guns? Morons!

      January 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Today it's assault weapons. Tomorrow it will be assault hand guns, shotguns, etc. Let's be honest. This isn't and never was about the kids. It's about people that don't like guns trying to ban them. If it really is about the kids, lets take a look at what kills kids (by numbers), and tackle the things that kill the most kids.

      January 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      No Such thing... An assault weapon is a military looking firearm only, all semi automatics fire one shot with each trigger pull.. They have been legal for over 100 years. If you ban one you really ban them all. And before you say that is a good idea, doesn't it bother you that what is being proposed wouldn't have stopped Adam Lanza. The only thing that would have perhaps stopped him is either an armed guard or laws that would have him committed.

      January 17, 2013 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Gwen, how does any law affect criminals?

      January 17, 2013 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Governments, dictators and "Kings" fear an armed citzen. Obama wants to disarm us so only military, tyrants and criminals have guns. Think about it, over three hundred years ago the British tried to disarm us as well so we could be passive and ruled by a "King".

      January 17, 2013 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Taco

      Shall not be infringed means you can't do anything that infringes on it. These so called "Assault Weapons" are some of the msot popular rifles used in target shooting and also the IDEAL in home defense. Anything less than a compact rifle with 30 rounds in the magazine puts the person defending themself at risk.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ThinkinSteve

      Assault weapons are arms.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanforTruth

      As long as we agree on this definition: Assault weapon automatic, no-assault weapon semi-auto. Now we can begin the conversation. Wait less start after Obama informs us on Fast and Furious and Benghazi and why he is not enforcing DOMA, Immigration and election laws, OK I am waiting.

      January 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruthven78

      WRONG, go read up on it instead of swallowing what the liberal media puts in your mouth

      January 20, 2013 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Grey Ghost

      The assault rifle today is the musket of 1775, which King George tried to confiscate. Only tyrants fear an armed people. The second amendment is what protects us from a Dictator in the white house or congress. We had an assault rifle ban in 1994 and it did nothing to reduce crime. What is happening today is a complete breakdown of societies moral, and ethical standards of decency. The family as a norm in society is becoming extinct , we have movies and video games that are teaching children to kill .....and they like it. The violence in society today requires a lot of deep soul searching to really address the problem. In summary outlawing guns to prevent violence is like outlawing forks to prevent obesity.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karl

    If someone agrees with what he is saying, they are fundamentally giving up there right to freedom... they are trading freedom for security and a man who does this soon will have neither...

    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda

      Assault weapons have nothing to do with our freedom. We don't need assault weapons in America. You can still carry a gun if you want to

      January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*dave

      Hey Linda if I want an assault rifle I should be able to have one. Do you really think this is going to stop violence. So now all the criminals are going to stop using these types of weapons because of a ban.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      Karl, we'll all be speaking Korean soon!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • one against a million

      no you do not need an assult rifle, that is what is wrong with this country today.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC1973

      Well, you don't know if you agree with what he's saying or not, since you obviously didn't bother to find out what he said before you started complaining about something he didn't even do.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      I did not see one executive order that prevents you from owning or purchasing a gun, unless you are a criminal or mentally ill, in which case, you shouldn't have a gun in the first place. Quit screaming about loosing your freedoms when you haven't lost any. I bet you don't pull this same nonesense at the airport when you take off your shoes and stand in the X-ray box.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLinLA

      If you want an assault rifle, why not join the military?

      January 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      If I don't need an assault rifle then the governmentent doesn't need satellites, cameras, drones or any other device to oppress me, control me, or invade my privacy.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      If a rifle is not selective fire, full or semi auto it is not an assault weapon. One thing he has in his executive orders it that he wants my doctor to ask me about what guns I own. I will give no doctor an answer to those kind of questions. That information provides them with a data base so they can later come and collect the guns. Do not give our this information to any one especially the government.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. RIP

    Today the American flag should be hund half way. A piece of your freedom has just died.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • None

      They just removed it's meaning.. Take them down. :(

      January 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • derpderp

      If you are going to say something so stupid and act so patriotic, at least learn the proper terminology.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What are you crying about, no where does it say take away your gun??
      Or your right to have one??
      Big on background checks, what are you afraid of?

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionhart

      The flags were at half mast for the people killed at Sandy Hook.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.W.

      I agree RIP, but it shoulda been flying upside down for quite some time...socialist medicine, doctors delving into what guns are in the home, reporting it to the fed. This erroneous argument of the left about protecting hunting ticks me off... news flash, libs, HUNTING isn't in the second amendment. Neither is a limit on how many rounds a weapon can be capable of firing. When they do come to take them, they will have large capacity magazines in their UNlawFUL-Enforcement weapons. The second amendment protects my right to posses the same firepower a tyrannical government will bring against me.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      Bravo, J.W.!

      January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC1973

      Are you another one that won't pass the mental evaluation portion of the background check?

      If not, shut up. Nobody's taking your d4mn guns.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLinLA

      What a drama queen...

      Didn't I see this in Gone With The Wind?

      January 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mulehead

      J.W. – if the US has gotten so bad, please take this opportunity to leave. I'd offer to buy you a ticket, but I'm afraid of what you'd do with the money. Or, you're welcome to stay – as long as your paranoid fantasies of the government abate...(you may have to look that one up i'm guessing)

      January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • A PISTOL / SHOTGUN / BOLT ACTION RIFLES WITH GUN SAFE ONLY!

      Most CONSPIRACY THEORY followers are "inclined to believe the government is out to get them" and is collaborating with the media. "They have this confirmation bias, as psychologists call it, to look for only evidence that supports their theories and disregard anything that says otherwise,"

      January 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      God wins in the end. How do I know? Because I have read the book.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tony

      @mike – he just knows what Faux News tells him... thats all he knows...

      "obama possibly going to be taking guns away" would be a Faux News headline... you know – right up there on the same level as "people may be able to evolve wings one day and fly into telephone wires", (scare the public into believing anything you tell them)

      January 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*dave

    It's time the people speak up. That's the only way we can stop this and the govt spending

    January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda

      We did speak up, the majority won remember.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • K2

      Linda, you right the majority did speak and that is why the House is controlled by Republicans.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • biff

      People are speaking with their wallets. Guns and ammo are selling at record pace.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionhart

      The house is controlled by Republicans because of Gerry Mandering. Democrats has more votes.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pro Gun

      Funny Linda i dont remember voting on these matters so how can you say majority won.....all ive seen are a raise in gun sales, ammo etc.....seems like you dont know the facts

      January 17, 2013 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. linda

    we don't want assault weapons in our country. WHY would anyone want to own one. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE

    January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony in Texas

      Define an assault weapon. You can't because there is no standard definition. Define it, before you try to ban it. Under the definitions of some, a simple pump shotgun would be an assault weapon, or a little varmit rifle, such as a rimfire 22.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • turftoe

      Why do you need 2 vehicles one is just fine, why do you need jewelry, why do you need an ipad? Since when are my rights based on what you think I need?

      January 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Mincher

      Target shooting with the weapons that are part of our history. I don't even hunt anymore because I don't wish to hurt little animals.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony in Texas

      That is fine, but define assault weapon. There is no standard definition. Under some definitions a pump shotgun would be classified as an assault weapon, or something as simple as a small 22 cal rimfire varmit rifle. If you want to ban it, then define it first.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Messick

      face the same reason police need assault weapons.

      January 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      The 2nd Amendment gives ME the right to have my own nuclear missle.
      I can arm myself with a Rocket Propelled Grenade.
      If I want to go to the middle of town with mustard gas, I can – it is protected by the 2nd amendment!

      And if I want to fly airplanes into the new World Trade Center – that is also my right if I disagree with my government and feel there may be a few government workers in the building.

      Praise American rights to arm ourselves with mustard gas! Go America! Protect our 2nd amendment!

      January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Invisible Man

      "WHY would anyone want to own one."-Linda Lets take the time to think, which by the looks of it, you haven't done in a good long time. What is the reason for a so-called "Assault Weapon," First of all, no "Assault Weapons" were used in any of the recent shootings. How? Because the definition of an "Assault Weapon" is a weapon that fires more than ONE shot pull trigger pull, meaning a fully-automatic weapon. I own an AR-15, which is what was used in the shootings. It is semi-automatic, meaning ONE shot PER trigger pull. Most hunting rifles which they said are not being banned are semi-automatic. Do you know what that means? That means they are banning guns based on looks, not the operation. As of why anyone would want one, the second amendment, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." was put there by the founding fathers so that when a tyrannical government, like the modern day United States, comes to power the people, me and sadly you, can defend ourselves from that government and protect our freedom. Note that the amendment says, "Shall not be Infringed." You have the choice of obtaining any kind of firearm, but why should you or the government make the decision for everyone else? So for now on, next time you ask a hollow, stupid, meaningless comment, take the time to educate yourself on the subject, and not make yourself look stupid.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PWM

      To defend against people in large groups who would try to come and take them? Why else.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOwhiskey4me

      The firearms used in some of these recent events are not true assault weapons, they are simply styled to look like the real thing... They are actually a military styled semi auto rifle and many college, recreational, and even high school target teams prefer a similar style weapon for league/tournament shooting.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petercha

      Read the writings of the founding fathers, Linda, such as Washington, Jefferson, etc., regarding the purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Because assault weapons are awesome.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeus

      The miliatary has "Assault Weapons", what the civilians have is an "Assault Style". What the military has are rapid fire weapons which civilians already cannot own. What civilians have is something that looks cosmetically similar but can only shoot as fast as one can pull the trigger. Nothing more than cosmetic. The National Firearm Act of 1934 also regulates gangster style weapons (machine guns). So all you gun grabbers are doing is looking on banning something by what it looks like and not how it functions. So I guess all the kids out there with their plastic toys that look like Assault Weapons, those should be banned as well.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2_admt

      Well for one because i want one. 2 i like to target shoot and its a very nice and easy gun to fire.. and 3 because I WANT ONE.. who is anybody to tell anybody if its legal what to buy or own. mind your own business. I you like something that i dont like should i tell you what to get or own.. NOT free country so sick of people telling other people what they can own or buy or how many.. you worry about your hobbies we worry about ours. GET IT

      January 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      I own a Bushmaster, I used an M-16 both the fully automatic and 3RB variety when I was in the military. I enjoy my Bushmaster rifle because I'm familiar with it; it is accurate in both hunting and sports shooting. I am a registered and responsible gun owner and my rifle is secured with both trigger lock and gun safe. I have educated my children on gun safety and responsibility. Please do not categorize me or my choice of firearm with some pre-conceived notion of what is safe or unsafe. If real gun safety change is to be achieved in this country we must address the real cause and issues.
      Enforce mandatory background checks and put teeth in the laws that prosecute the illegal sales and transfer of all weapons… not just guns that look scary.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trent

      Defense. And I'm not going to lie, they are fun to shoot.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • vermont

      I want sporting semi automatic rifle , who are you to speak in the name of all Americans , Even President doesn;t do that

      January 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tadpole

      As a former gun owner, I am pretty sure the reason is to compensate for some sense of fear. The idea of being heavily armed allows one to pretend that all those threats in everyday life are met, if not trumped, by having a weapon that can kill many many people with a sufficient efficiency. If you are unhappy with the lack of control in your job, personal life, and the future in general you can maintain control by trianing to use the weapon effectively. Replaying the imaginary scenerio where a criminal has cornered you and the only way to survive is to shoot your way out lends to the needed feelings of superiority that are otherwise absent from the individuals life.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • vermont

      Linda speak in your name , do not speak for all of us , there is many of us on the other side of debate .

      January 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shorthanded

      Exactly...why? Keep their guns but remove magazines holding more than 10 bullets at a time is brilliant and report to authorities anyone buying your complete stock of same. Not removing all guns just the assualt style weapons, people can stilll own Smith & Weston, Colt, Block just can't have more than 10 bullets in a magazine...stop the senseless carnage in places where its suppose to be safe like in any other industrialized country!

      January 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beavis

      Because they're cool...heheehehheheh.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJP

      Assault weapons are guns just as my pistol and hunting rifle are. They shoot no faster than the others, they are not easily converted to full automatics and quite semi-automatics are defined as shooting as fast as you can pull the trigger, same as any other weapon.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike davis

      to protect ourselves from tyranical government.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Google CPS CORRUPTION and you won't bwlieve what you read, but I know it to be true because I watched it happen to my friend's kid with my own two eyes. Now Moochelle Obama wants access to your refridgerator. It could be your child sold to a pimp next because you forgot to wrap a tomatoe around a J-E-L-L-O pudding pop. That reason alone is why the second ammendment was written but I could list a thousand more such as the fact that when your life is theatened you would be a fool, a dead fool to trust law enforcent to protect you.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Google CPS CORRUPTION and you won't believe what you read but I know it to be true because I watched it happen to my friend's kid with my own two eyes. Now Moochelle Obama wants access to your refridgerator. It might be your kid next who is sold to a pimp because you forgot to wrap a tomato aeound a J-E-L-L-O pudding pop. That reason alone is why the second ammendment was written but I can give you a thousand more such as you would be a fool, a dead fool to think that law enforcement will protect you if your life is in danger. Should I continue?????????????????????

      January 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Google CPS CORRUPTION and you will find your answer.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khym

      First you have to define what an assault weapon is and explain why they are more deadly than any other weapon. As long as schools are protected only by signs warning people not to bring weapons on to school property there is no way children can be protected from violence. The same day the shooting occurred in Sandy Hook a deranged man in China attacked school children with a knife. Evil people will always find ways to commit violence. Banning a particular type of weapon won't prevent this from happening.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Google CPS CORRUPTION and you will fimd your answer. This Nazi is using your own child against you. Google CPS CORUPTIPN and you won't believe what you read but I know it to be true because I have seen it happen with my own two eyes. That reason alone is why the second ammendment was written granting you the right to own firearms as powerful or greater than that of an oppressive government. You would be a fool, a dead fool to trust law enforcement to protect you from a home invasion. I could list a thousand more valid reasons but oppressive government is the reason. GOOGLE CPS CORRUPTION and look around at all the cameras and drones and you would be an idiot not to recognize oppressive government.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      Defense, and just because YOU don't like something doesn't mean everyone else dislikes that something as well. Stop being so conceited.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      They aren't "assault weapons", those are fully automatic. Educate yourself before you use the media's incorrect and idiotic terminology.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AncientWon

      Why would anyone want to own a samurai sword collection? Why would anyone want to own a monster truck? Why would anyone want to own anything? Because we live in a free country, you idiot. I don't own any samurai swords or monster trucks. I don't own any "assault weapons." I have no desire to own them. But I do own an extra car ... one that I don't actually need. It's my stand-by for when my other car breaks down. And with that extra car I could drive into a crowd of people at a high rate of speed and kill them all. I would never do such a thing. But the fact remains that I COULD do it. So why would I want to own an extra car? What is the purpose? Maybe we should ban extra cars. They serve no purpose. Especially those owned by collectors. They aren't even standby cars. They are just for show. Or running over people. Evil extra cars!

      January 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • AncientWon

      Why would anyone want to own a samurai sword collection? Why would anyone want to own a monster truck? Why would anyone want to own anything? Because we live in a free country. I don't own any samurai swords or monster trucks. I don't own any "assault weapons." I have no desire to own them. But I do own a car. And with that car I could drive into a crowd of people at a high rate of speed and kill them all. I would never do such a thing. But the fact remains that I COULD do it. So why would I want to own a car? What is the purpose? Evil cars! Let's ban them!

      January 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Because it's my right, and they are fun to shoot. I enjoy them.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Just because you do not see a purpose or do not want one does not give you the right to resrict me from having one! If you did not want a truck and do not see the purpose in have a truck does that mean you have the right to keep me from getting one. And yes you can kill just as many people with a truck as you can with a gun that holds 30 rounds. Freedom is Freedom!!!

      January 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I understand where you are coming from. But it is a complex issue, centered around the fact that the label "assault weapons" is too arbitrary and is being used to bias people against firearms with certain cosmetic features. For example, the shape of the grip, and whether or not it is adjustable, are the kinds of features that they are saying makes something an assault weapon. It is like saying that if your car has a spoiler on the rear trunk lid, it's considered a race car, and therefore illegal to drive on the street. It's not objective, and it is not focused on the real source of violent crime – which is being committed using cheap handguns, not so-called "assault rifles". So it is legitimate to question WHY we need to ban them across the nation, when their usage in crime is statistically insignificant. Hope this helps.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Believe it or not, the AR platform is a very popular hunting platform.... it's one of the most popular guns used for coyotes, prairie dogs and other varmints. The platform is also available in larger calibers than the standard .556/.223 and is becoming an ever increasingly popular firearm for larger game hunting such as deer, elk etc. And just for the record, AR15s are not assault weapons. AR is not an acronym for "assault rifle" it means "Armalite" which was one of the first mfgs of the platform. The branches of our armed forces would never dream of sending our soldiers into combat armed with a semi-automatic rifle such as the AR15, so just quit with all of this rhetoric about military weapons.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      I don't want cars that go over 200mph allowed in the US. They have an ncreased ability to kill. I mean what's the purpose of a Ferrari anyway? Or a Louis Vitton purse?

      January 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      If I don't need an assault rifle the government doesn't need satellites, cameras, drones or any other device that they use to oppress me, control me or invade my privacy.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • yosemite sam

      You do not speak for all of us. Some of us don't want religion in the country- can we vote to repeal that part of the second amendment and instead have state atheism?

      I'll trade you the second amendment for the first- since only one party cares about each of the two.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      We don't? Thank you for speaking for me Linda. I don't know what I would do without you to tell me what I do and don't want.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      They're dangerous recreational items, like sword play or base jumping; Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

      Look at the history of school violence instead of persisting in a misinformed self righteous soliloquy. It as not increased, it is just being reported more, the worst elementary massacre took place in the 30's with a bomb. I don't know the answers but you may be over simply evaluating a complex mechanism that is safety, when simply ad-hoc encouraging banning of firearms.

      If you cannot secure my safety I have the right to secure my own, that is a balancing act - people's lives likely aren't worth recreation of gun owners.

      January 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Nice picture of Hitler and his Youth Troop.

      January 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      What's the purpose of owning a car capable of driving 100 mph? You can't drive that fast legally. And, last I checked, motor vehicle accidents dwarfed firearms in cause of death, most of which are caused by excessive speed and/or alcohol.

      January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoadRanger

      Q. we don't want assault weapons in our country. WHY would anyone want to own one. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE

      A. Obama supports civilian uprisings in Libya, Syria, and Egypt and provides the insurgents with assault rifles as weapons.
      But he then asks Americans why any civilian would need an "assault" rifle. Hypocrite!

      January 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      Well Linda your very lucky then because only the Military has or uses Assualt rifles ! the ones they sell in a gun store fire the same rate as a 38 revolver 1 trigger pull 1 bullet fired, now an assualt rifles is a full auto rifle which fires multiple bullets with every trigger pull , the guns in the gun store are just made to look like assualt rifles

      January 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aru Sure

      So glad that can speak for all of us. Just what makes you think this? I know that I want one, in fact I own one

      January 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      The AR-15 rifles are mis-named. An "assault rifle" has the ability to be fully automatic. The military uses those. No rifle sold to a civilian has that ability, unless they have a special license. They dont just hand those out to anyone. And I personally love those rifles, they work great for hunting a pack of coyotes. So I clearly want them in this country.

      January 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe

      Your right linda, it is your country and we in the opposition have no GD say.

      January 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • hamlet

      We don't want people to express their opinions and say nasty things to other people in our country. Why would anyone want to do that? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

      January 17, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • hamlet

      "we" don't want people disagreeing with our opinion and saying bad things about us online in "our" country. Why would anyone want to do this. WHAT IS PURPOSE?

      January 17, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Super Catholic

      You must be from a different country than me.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rain Bucket

      You are just parroting the media.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • digitalhorizons

      why would anyone want to own a car that goes faster than the speed limit, or own a home bigger than they need, or have more money than the homeless, etc? Because we can, that's why. When you regulate what you think people do or don't need, what's to stop them from reaching into other areas. The ironic thing is most of you morons aren't seeing where Obama has already gone against one proponent of the Affordable Health Care Act which states a doctor can't ask you about gun ownership and now he gives them the explicit responsibility of doing so. If he'll go against his own laws, what makes you think he won't go any further?

      January 17, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe shmo

      There is no such device as an "assault weapon". Do some research before you post. That term was issued to scare the public. It was given to anything the has a magazine. A pistol it technically an "assault weapon" because it needs a magazine to hold ammo. I would love to hear what you believe semi automatic weinberg are.....lol

      January 17, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • TW

      Linda and Gwen....what is an assault weapon? Can you tell me your definition? The technical definition of an assault weapon is a full automatic weapon, and most U.S. Citizens cannot possess one. Only if you get a Federal Firearms permit (gun dealer permit).

      So...assault weapons are already very limited except by those that make or sell them to law enforcement and the military.

      What exactly are you trying to ban? Do you know what an assault weapon is?

      January 17, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • mike young

      what you call "assalt rifles" are on the small end of rifles cartrige wise. an ar15 shoots a small ,barly bigger than a .22 round with only 60 grains of gun powder, a normal deer rifle shoots about .30 caliber and has 200/300 grains of gun powder. all you are doing is going on visual ideals. almost all guns can be modified or do already have magazines that have 10 or more rounds.. its like comparing a chevy inpala to a modle "t" hot rod, they both have the same motor but they look alot different. and what is about "shall not be abridged" that you don,t understand. what would you do if someone showed up with a high powered bow and arrows?

      January 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DannyO

      The second Amendment states ".. . . " the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

      January 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • lagunacomputer

      If you think the 2nd Amendment is about 'hunting' or 'target practice' then you didn't study American History.

      January 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Speak for yourself.Just because you are ignorant and are afraid of guns doesn't mean everyone else is too.

      January 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • magdalene74@gmail.com

      what is the reason linda??? I will tell you the reason. You cant fight the military with a pea shooter. The second amendment is not about hunting, or personal protection, it is about protecting yourself from an tyrannical government that has gotten too big for its britches, and that, i believe, is what we have here. Also so that the american people can HELP the military in the event of an invasion. Did you know that the main reason this country has not been invaded in recent years is that all the other countries know that the US is LOADED with civilian gun owners. Dont let yourself be deluded that no one needs assault rifles... actually that is a political classification so this could be applied to ANY rifle.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LLPLLP

      Linda: Can you describe what you mean by an assault weapon exactly?

      January 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      It is not assalt weapons they want to ban, but what they have falsely named "assalt style" weapons with one or more "military" feature like a telescoping stock or a pistol grip. These are not scarry high capacity automatic machine guns like media would have you belive, but commonly used hunting riffles with modifications some people choose for comfort or better accuracy in shooting.
      Armed and trained security guards are what we need in schools to protect children. It would cost less than the 5 billion Obama's executive orders will cost to impliment and be effective in securing safely and detering crazy people from targeting schools.

      January 18, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • larry

      for protection linda i did not believe in assault guns and rifles till now and im glad to heard of so many honest women and men have them

      January 18, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Cornhole

      because they are fun to shoot. Duh!

      January 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      These weapons they are addressing are not assault weapons. An Assault weapon is one that has a selector swt, full or automatic. A 30-06 or 30-30 hunting rifles has way more killing power than an AK-47 and by all means look it up. This is nothing more than a foot into the door to take all weapons.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The question was "What do you need an assault weapon for?" Well, why do you need a car that can go 150mph for?
      It his my God given right to protect myself and even your lazy self from tyranny. It is called "The Bill of Rights" not the bill of needs.
      READ THE FEDERALIST PAPERS and get an understanding. I can explain it to you, but I can't make you understand it.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I like assault rifles for hunting predator animals. The fact that I have an assault rifle doesnt make me a ruthless killer.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. None

    Right on ED!

    January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*dave

    Write your congressman

    January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. K2

    "mericans have certain unalienable rights, but with those rights come responsibilities, and that Americans are "responsible for each other." These rights – including those to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – were denied to victims of high profile shooting"

    Those rights are also denied to all the babies murdered by abortion. Why isn't he calling the end of abortion?

    January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • naval

      you are so out of touch with reality do you think for yourself and have you ever been out of your town before

      January 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      K-2, people forget about the millions of babies "legally" killed in abortion clinics, more have died there than by the hand of anyone with a gun. He should be going after them, but oh, I forgot, he's a liberal democrat and people should have the right to kill their unborn child but not the right to defend themselves against criminals.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosterwi

      Naval, you are out of touch!

      January 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLinLA

      What does abortion have to do with this topic?

      January 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarms

      Why do you all have to be a part of the problem and not the solution? Does the lives of children mean nothing? What is wrong with Country today, I have yet to see a tyrannical
      Government coming our way just because they are putting rules into place. Really people we want rules for our children but because you are the so called adults you think you are above rules. WELL... that has not worked out so well for a lot of people that are losing their lives because you think that you deserve these rights that were put into place after unalienable right. Sorry you lose. Keep up the good work Mr. President it is nice to have some common sense in the leadership of our Government.

      January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      Sarms, the lives of children do matter, that is way we are against abortion.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. No U

    Way to TOTALLY MISCONSTRUE what "THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE" means!!

    January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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