Biden: Obama Might Use Executive Order to Deal With Guns. Update: Rep. Duncan vows to fight

Daniel Halper
The Weekly Standard
1/9/2013

Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns.

“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”

Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”

Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

Biden, as he himself noted, helped write the Brady bill.

Eric Holder was scheduled to be at the meeting that’s currently take place at the White House.

Related Will Obama rebuke Hollywood pals, donors over gun violence?

President Obama has a Hollywood problem — at least when it comes to guns.

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the president vowed to examine a “culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.” But as talks on gun violence heat up at the White House this week, some are skeptical that Obama will rebuke the entertainment leaders who filled his re-election coffers and used their celebrity on his behalf.

“It’d be like giving Hollywood the finger,” said a California-based Democratic strategist. ” ‘Thanks for all those fundraisers. Now let me demonize you for one of our nation’s greatest tragedies.’ I don’t think the president has any appetite for that kind of hypocrisy.”…

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And speaking of hypocrisy, Cuomo Backs Gun Show Set For Same Room Where He’ll Announce Anti-Gun Measures

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to announce sweeping new gun laws in his State of the State address which he will deliver this afternoon at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

However, just days ago, Cuomo gave his blessing to a popular gun set to take place January 26-27, 2013 – in the same room where Cuomo will announce his anti-gun agenda today.

Cuomo’s decision was met with backlash from gun control advocates…

Chicago Has Plenty of Gun Laws, Ed Schultz Belatedly Learns

Update:   Rep. Duncan on U.S. Gun Rights: ‘We Live In a Republic, Not a Dictatorship’

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) vowed Wednesday to fight any effort by the Obama administration or members of Congress to enact gun control initiatives.

“We live in a republic, not a dictatorship,” Duncan said.

“The Founding Fathers never envisioned executive orders being used to restrict our constitutional rights.”…

Update 2: DC Attorney General Now Investigating How To Not Prosecute David Gregory While Writing Opinion That Has Absolutely No Exceptions For Anyone Not Named David Gregory  A nations of connections, and status, and social class, not laws….

Update 3: Obama would be limited in executive order on gun control.  Today Vice President Joe Biden met with gun victims and safety groups as part of a continuing effort by his task force to come up with solutions to gun violence

Also at the site, Ex-‘regulatory czar’ uses slick sleight of hand to justify banning modern guns

…In reference to the Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller decision:

To this the court added that the sorts of weapons it was protecting were those “in common use at the time” that the Second Amendment was ratified.

Get that? He claims that the Heller decision recognizes Constitutional protection only for those arms “‘in common use at the time’ that the Second Amendment was ratified.” That would mean that any firearm more advanced than flintlock pistols and muskets can be banned…

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Also, Iowa lawmaker: Ban semi-automatic weapons then start taking them from gun owners if needed

…“Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer said. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.” …

 

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