President Barrack Obama Wednesday delivered his highly anticipated agenda aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States.

The President’s proposals follow a month long dialogue after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.   A task force led by Vice President Joe Biden met with stakeholders to discuss what common ground could be found to quickly enact some parts of the agenda.

“In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” Obama said Wed. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

The plan unveiled at the White House includes four major legislative bills which will be introduced in the U.S. Senate, now controlled by Democrats.    Additionally the President plans 23 separate executive orders in his push, which he deemed “necessary to protect children and communities.”

The legislative proposals include a ban on military style “assault weapons”.  The proposal will be more comprehensive than the 1994 ban which sunsetted after 10-years.  A second bill will be aimed at limiting magazine capacity in firearms to 10-shots.   The proposal is expected to anger those who advocate the 30-round clips common in the AR-15 and used in the Newtown shootings.   High capacity magazines were also used at Virginia Tech, the Aurora Movie Theater, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s gathering in Tuscon, Arizona.

Obama will seek criminal background checks on all gun sales.  The measure is aimed at closing the highly debated “gun show loophole” which allowed buyers to make a purchase in certain situations without the check, especially in the case of a private seller.  The instant background checks have been required for traditional gun purchases since the 1996 law.   The newest background checks would be more thorough and comprehensive aimed at removing legal barriers to accessing mental health records.    The policy would allow for exceptions to the background checks only in the case of gun transfers among family members and certain “temporary transfers” for hunting and sporting purposes.

Obama finally wants Congress to outlaw the possession or sale of armor-piercing bullets and to crack down on “straw purchasers” in which a person capable of passing the background check buys guns and passes them along to criminals.   The measure would increase penalties for all such violators.

Obama’s executive orders would deal largely with increased enforcement of existing gun laws and directing agencies to be more open in sharing information in enforcement of gun laws.

Obama vows he will use all of his political capital if necessary to push the measures through Congress, banking on a change in national attitude about guns.  However, most Washington observers believe he’ll face an uphill battle.  The National Rifle Association, the chief lobbying group for gun rights, is digging in its heels and preparing to fight any measure which erodes present rights to firearms ownership.

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  • Big O

    This is just a sample of things to come if us as gun owners don't get on the same page, join the NRA today!

  • Chalkdust

    Ladies and Gentlemen:
    I predict we West Virginians will be looking for two US Senators not just one, in the next few months.
    Joe Manchin will resign his Senate seat within the next year. I feel confidante in appearing stupid by saying this because of recent events;
    1. Joe Manchin's attack on the Constitutionion was pre-dated by a phone call to him by someone high in the government.
    2.He (Manchin) tried to walk it back but one could tell he was not sincere.
    3.At someones request, he (Manchin) decided to join a little know, former presidental canidate and libertarian to help chisel Tea partyparty" votes from the Republicans and start a "No Labels" campaign in support of the administrations current policy.
    4. He (Manchin) traveled down to Charleston to talk to local business leaders, trying to convince them of his stance on "Gun Control". A euphemism for let's trash the constitution. We can guess it was a bad scene, because none of the democrat party controlled newspapers choose to report on the content of those meetings.
    5. Finally, The US Senate will begin to discuss/debate the Obama Gun control issues. Joe will have to show his true colors. If he comes to those meetings, with a double-bit axe, clearing out the brush, defending the Second Amendment, I'll donate $500.00 to his next campaign.

  • thornton

    People are so busy choosing sides on the playground that no time or energy is left to accomplish anything of value......nothing much changes, does it?
    Both sides spewing ignorance and fear-mongering to their own sheep.
    Both sides profiteering off the intransigence of the other.
    Both sides to blame.
    We should be so proud.

    • wvman75

      You're right. But I can read and I fought to defend the Constitution and it's protections. I don't want to see some progressive socialist politicians piss those protections away. And I choose the side that I fought for. And I will continue to do so. The Constitution and it's protections transcend politics. At least it's supposed to.

    • Chalkdust

      Thornton:
      Bite it.

      • thornton

        Not sure that is the best use of a colon.
        If your nom-de-net is indicative of a teacher then that explains some issues in that quarter. If it refers to large chalk and a sidewalk....then come inside before it is dark.

        We have too many people using this 2nd threat because they believe that very soon they will be fighting federal tyranny on the banks of the Elk or the Yellowstone super volcano will erupt and they will need to fight old man Fluharty to keep him from stealing their canned goods.
        The nuts on the other side have equally as ridiculous reasons for their doltism(just coined that word for the aptness of late).

        Clear thinkers are needed now and a bit of reason would not hurt either.
        Too many are seeking to pocket some filthy lucre from all manner of profiteering off of tragedy and constitutional threats.

        • Chalkdust

          Thornton:
          Coining words, how incepted prig can you be? This is not a money-making deal, not for most of us, the barbarians are at the door. This is a dream come true for many liberals/progressive/democrats who see a black man with a gun in many of their dreams and nightmares. We are trying to protect our children and grandchildren for the same group that has assaulted our constitituion from about 1890 until the current time frame.

  • Dave

    Like the picture. Where's the third stooge?

  • Wolfshund

    what a sad day for , what was, the United States of America

    Politicians have taken our jobs, retirement, our future and our childrens future , and now our second amendment rights.

    God Bless America , please

  • Dave Jackson

    If there was any doubt that our state needs education reform, these posts should remove them.

    • Chalkdust

      Oh gee Mr. Jackson do you think so! I guess you're one those guys who runs into 5 or 6 uneducated, assholes a day......Ever stop to think you may be the asshole?

      "A man who would sell his freedom for security, deserve neither".
      -Thomas Jefferson

    • WV Patriot

      Well gee, I guess you support the open borders concept so we can continue to watch the decay of our youth thru the constant stream of drugs, the continual degradation of our infrastructure caused by the millions of illegals and the DUI deaths sourced from an infinite amount of available booz? I won't even reiterate the amount of abortion deaths that occur daily. Why no outcry on these? Oh and by the way, not one mass murderer got a gun at a Gun Show or private sale. Again, this is unbelievable. What kinda of society allows this type behavior?

  • WV Patriot

    I am at a loss of words to explain how our nation continues to turn a blind eye to unrestricted abortions (thousands every day), thousands of deaths due to DUI related accidents (we don't prohibit alcohol or control how much we can buy or consume in private), we don't have an impenetrable fence on our southern or northern borders (which prevents terrorists, drug smugglers or illegal immigrants) which allows our nation to become an open gate to drugs that are killing our youth and adults by the thousands every day. But attacking guns is openly embraced by so many. I just don't get it. There are so many things that are destroying our social fabric that we should be focusing on instead of additional gun bans, etc. secure the schools and other mass gathering places. There are so many weapons that can be used in lieu of guns to kill us. Again, our President and his followers are treating the symptom, not the problem.

  • wvman75

    "To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow. ... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding." – Jeff Snyder, author

  • Edwin Blehschmidt

    I dont believe that the people in the USA are that scared of the criminals as they are of our Govt. and our President

  • wvman75

    I noticed that he only wants to attack our Second Amendment protections. I didn't see anything where he addresses the violence in television, film, and those violent and disgusting video games that children and people with mental health issues are exposed to on a daily basis. I thought it was going to be " comprehensive " steps.

    Oh, right.....those are some of his supporters and they immediately dismissed the effects of their product as having no bearing. Guess he bought it. What a surprise.

    • Chalkdust

      Asked and answered. The man's a lazy slug.

    • PCounty Hillbilly

      WVMan75 is spot on. No actions against the social side of this mess. Folks were are in for a long 4 years. Let's hope we have something to repair come 2016.

  • jethro

    new york is another one. check out their new gun laws. i wouldnt spend a dime in that socialist state . they call for background checks just to buy ammo. probably will cost a fortune and delay purchases. its going to get worse

  • NorthernWVman

    IF gun control really worked then Chicago should be the safest place in the US. Quite the opposite.

    I suppose control and ultimately gun ban did work in Nazi Germany. Just ask the 12,000,000+ people that were exterminated.

  • David

    Want to curb gun violence? How about teaching children the Ten Commandments? How about teaching young men to be dedicated fathers instead of having illegitimate children all over the place?
    How about teaching that right is right and wrong is wrong? That there is no situational ethics? How about we stop cheapening life by killing unborn babies?

    THAT'S where the solution lies.

    • jfk

      +2 brother, we have to get at the root of the problem, doing away with guns and ammo only creates more panic. you can't even go buy 22 ammo right now its all gone.

    • WVWho

      +1 David....That's to easy though and involves common sense.

  • wvtomd

    and that includes joe manchin. he says and does one thing in d.c. and when comes home we can not even get a honest answer from him. wake up wv. do not be deceived.