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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Renewed gun control effort

The press reports the Obama administration is planning to unveil new gun control initiatives.

In a Thursday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "As you know, the President directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense [i.e. fear based] measures that would improve Americans' safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights. That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we expect to have some more specific announcements in the near future."

Carney provided no further details on the initiatives, but he isn't the only one saying something is in the works. U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said, “I have spoken to the president. He is with me on [gun control], and it's just going to be when that opportunity comes forward that we're going to be able to go forward,” according to a related article on NPR.org.

And longtime anti-gun activist Sarah Brady said in March the president told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control] ... We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” Brady had gone to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on high capacity magazines.

We knew this was coming, but why has Obama delayed so long? Perhaps gun control is the final puff on Obama's political capital, in his long list of planned failures for America.

Contains material from NRA-ILA Alerts

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