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December 21, 2012
Joe Biden Gun Panel: Will Second Amendment Advocates Get a Seat at the Table? - 5

Vice-President Joe Biden will spearhead an Obama Administration task force that will explore ways to improve mental health resources, address ways to create a culture that doesn't promote violence and present a set of recommendations on gun laws by January.
               
President Barack Obama announced the creation of the informal panel during a Dec. 19 press conference, challenging the idea that the Second Amendment right to own a gun means the right to own any gun.
               
“What we’ve seen over the last 10 or 15 years is that anything related to guns is an encroachment on the Second Amendment,” Obama said. “There’s a big chunk of space between what the Second Amendment means and having no rules at all and that space is what Joe’s going to be examining."
               
Biden's panel is expected to include input from the departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services. It will include Cabinet members, congressmen, and various “stakeholders” -- which means, Second Amendment advocates and gun rights groups insist, the conversation should include them.
               
Biden met on Dec. 20 with Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Afterward, he addressed a meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Association of Police Organizations.
               
Biden, a key figure in the 1994 Senate passage of the now-expired assault weapons ban, pressed police chiefs to push for a renewed assault weapons ban. "For anything to get done, we're going to need your advocacy," he told the group.
               
Presumably, Biden's panel will quickly push for three gun-related bills: reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons, restrict high-capacity ammunition clips, and close loopholes that allow gun buyers to avoid background checks.
               
These prospective laws could be among the first bills presented to the House and the Senate after the 113th Congress is seated on Jan. 3.
                
Assault Weapons Ban: The Clinton Era ban expired in 2004, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says she plans to bring it back for a vote early next year.
               
"There's no Second Amendment right to bear every type of weapon that you know of," Feinstein said. "These are a certain class of weapons -- they are designed to kill, large numbers of people, in close combat. I don't believe the Second Amendment covers them."
               
As a Senator, Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee's review of the 2004 AWB and was among the leaders in getting the ban passed.
 
Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (H.R. 308): Introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, this bill would ban high-capacity magazines.
               
Since it was introduced in January 2011, the bill has secured 126 co-signers, but has languished in committee in the Republican-controlled House.
 
"Gun Show Loophole": About 40 percent of all legal gun sales take place at gun shows, on the Internet, or through more-informal sales between private sellers and buyers, where buyers are not subject to federal background checks.
               
Though "anti-loophole legislation" passed the U.S. Senate, it was defeated in the House of Representatives.
              
Presumably, the panel will recommend re-submitting a version of this bill to the House..
               
“In this age of technology, we should be able to check criminal records before someone checks out at a gun show,” Obama said on Dec. 19.
              
For more, go to:
-- Obama Appoints Biden to Head Panel to Recommend Gun Control Laws
               
-- Obama taps Biden to craft new policies to curb gun violence in wake of shooting
               
-- Obama Passes the Parcel to Biden
               
-- Biden will find no silver bullet
               
-- What could go wrong? Obama taps Biden to lead interagency gun control task force
               
-- Biden Meets Law Officers on Obama’s Plans to Curb Gun Violence
               
-- Do you think the Biden-led panel on gun control will make a difference in gun laws?
               
-- V.P. Biden leads panel on gun control: Try exorbitant assault weapon taxes
               
-- The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)
               
-- Dianne Feinstein on assault weapons: "There's no Second Amendment right to bear every type of weapon";

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from beetlespin53 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If this was not such a horrible idea this would be funny! Wasn't it just a few months ago that Outdoor life and Field and Steam were telling us Obama and Biden were great guys?!?! We as readers should never stand for this garbage any more. Now we are going to have to deal with what we knew all along. Democrats have wanted to take our guns away since ive been able to walk. The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting! It was put in place by our founders to ensure that the people would never be controlled by the government. It is in place so that the people could over throw the government if necessary. It has nothing to do with Joe Biden's Beretta. Sorry Joe.

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from cwgf wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Maybe we don't want a 2nd Amendment advocate to have a seat at Joe Biteme's table. There isn't any room for compromise, so let them try shoving their unconstitutional executive actions down our collective throats without the blessing of an "advocate."

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Will the other side get a seat at Joe Biden's table? LMAO!!!

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

They will be in a big rush to get these things done and on to Congress before logic and common sense come into play. Obama knows it and Joe Biden knows it. Diane Feinstein is an elitist that was allowed to be one of only a handful of civilians in San francisco to carry a concealed weaapon.

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from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is what we get when voters elect "pro-gun" democrats like Joe Manchin and Harry Reid. They are pro-gun until we really need them. Hopefully, the House will uphold our Constitution. The government's own studies conclude gun control has no effect on public safety, but liberals only like science when it suits them. Now that Obama is in power for 4 more years and will never face the voters again, it was only a matter of time before he came after law abiding gun owners.

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from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is what we get when voters elect "pro-gun" democrats like Joe Manchin and Harry Reid. They are pro-gun until we really need them. Hopefully, the House will uphold our Constitution. The government's own studies conclude gun control has no effect on public safety, but liberals only like science when it suits them. Now that Obama is in power for 4 more years and will never face the voters again, it was only a matter of time before he came after law abiding gun owners.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

They will be in a big rush to get these things done and on to Congress before logic and common sense come into play. Obama knows it and Joe Biden knows it. Diane Feinstein is an elitist that was allowed to be one of only a handful of civilians in San francisco to carry a concealed weaapon.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Will the other side get a seat at Joe Biden's table? LMAO!!!

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from cwgf wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Maybe we don't want a 2nd Amendment advocate to have a seat at Joe Biteme's table. There isn't any room for compromise, so let them try shoving their unconstitutional executive actions down our collective throats without the blessing of an "advocate."

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from beetlespin53 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If this was not such a horrible idea this would be funny! Wasn't it just a few months ago that Outdoor life and Field and Steam were telling us Obama and Biden were great guys?!?! We as readers should never stand for this garbage any more. Now we are going to have to deal with what we knew all along. Democrats have wanted to take our guns away since ive been able to walk. The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting! It was put in place by our founders to ensure that the people would never be controlled by the government. It is in place so that the people could over throw the government if necessary. It has nothing to do with Joe Biden's Beretta. Sorry Joe.

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