White House mulls broader US gun control

2013-01-06 22:24

Washington - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing US gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper said.

The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said. The approach is backed by law enforcement leaders, it said.

President Barack Obama assigned Biden the job of designing the strategy after the massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last month that killed 20 children and six adults.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun lobby.

They include rallying support from Wal-Mart Stores and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses, the Post said.

The White House has been in contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun control advocate who could emerge as a surrogate for the administration's agenda, the paper said.

The Post cited several people involved in the administration's talks on gun control for its story. They included Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.


The White House had no immediate comment on the Post story. A White House spokesperson told the newspaper that Biden's group was in the middle of its review and had not decided on its final recommendations.

The NRA has successfully lobbied federal lawmakers to stop major new gun restrictions since a 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. The ban also prohibited ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

When asked if Congress will entertain new gun regulation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on NBC's Meet the Press that lawmakers needed to see Biden's recommendations.

"There will be plenty of time to take a look at their recommendations once they come forward," he said.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said that for the next three months Washington's debates would centre on federal spending and the rising debt.

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, an NRA member, said on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopolous that the reported proposals were "way in extreme" and would not pass.

  • michael.bushes.1 - 2013-01-06 22:38

    Oh so now the zionist controlled USA wants to do all kinds of checks on gun licence applicants. 100 years ago, the USA never had this kind of thing of people running wild and killing students at a school. Owning a gun and teaching your 14 yr old son used to be a right of passage. Guns dont kill, only indoctrinated indviduals who have access to guns kill. People kill innocent others because of all these sick Hollywood movies which makes murdering and drug abuse to be cool. Maybe the USA should ban Hollywood from making movies and have movies based on morals.

      terry.burne - 2013-01-06 23:52

      You're right Michael - guns don't kill people, people kill people........but automatic guns just make it a whole lot easier for people to kill people.

      atholl.canterbury - 2013-01-07 01:19

      Control - Power - Money The biggest weapons manufacturer in the USA is the Carlyle Group. ---{Power}--- George Bush acts as an advisor to the group Shafiq bin Laden (Osama's brother) is a shareholder Mubadala Development Company UAE govt owns shares in Carlyle. Carlyle subsidiary, Matrics, embraces the Nazi Swastika - which it plans to include in the RFID design (electronic embedded human chip). Bush and Bin Laden had the {power} to start a war. that's absolute {power} ---{Control}--- If you're about to start a war, for profit, and you know that both sides of the battleground will buy your weapons (Carlyle sold weapons to Saddam Hussein) and that the payment is secure because both payee's are part of your firm .... that's absolute {control} ---{Money}--- When all attention is on the {apparent evil} and {apparent terror} {elevated attention to the apparent evil connected to a particular religion} .... the --'natural conclusion'-- is to wage a {war on terror} ... When your firm is strategically placed to profiteer from the war sales ... profits are unlimited. After a few more mass shootings in schools ... why limit gun control when the --'natural conclusion'-- is for everyone to be implanted with an RFID chip {mind control} .. that's absolute {money} ------ absolute mind control is when somebody posts facts on a blog (like news24) that connects hidden intent by people connected to {absolute evil} and you have the power to disconnect his R_F_I_D_ .. c h i . .. . ..

      dewald.botha.50 - 2013-01-16 09:40

      It is all about trust. Can the goverments of the world be trusted. Think about the French revolution. If we cant keep our goverment in check they will do as they please.

      dewald.botha.50 - 2013-01-16 09:51

      America has a populution of over 300,000,000 people. So say 100 people got killed by a mad person, it means that 0.0000003% of people were killed. Funny how they want to change a law with so little effect in real time.

  • Ndangah Alan Mmberegeni - 2013-01-07 07:18

    the gun does not act on itself without a person operating it, people kill people , people point people wth a gun and discharge the bullet to people to kill them, its time they started taking fire arm serious , the mst try to closed there fire arm shop, nd increase the price of a firearm and bullet,

  • Ndangah Alan Mmberegeni - 2013-01-07 07:22

    and in south africa they must reduce patrol and food price,tolgate, nd increase the price or fire arm round, 1 round price must be, 10000, nd no one will use fire arm on inocent people because the bullet is not cheap

  • ChasLotter - 2013-01-07 08:11

    It is not about the guns, stupid. It is about mental illness.

  • essop.ismail.1 - 2013-01-07 08:32

    We watched jerry springer , riki lake, cheaters etc that is american society on a whole . there is small portion that is educated and the rest well ....

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