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WatchDog

Jan-16-13 7:01 PM

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

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WatchDog

Jan-16-13 7:01 PM

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

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WatchDog

Jan-16-13 7:00 PM

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

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WatchDog

Jan-16-13 7:00 PM

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

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WatchDog

Jan-16-13 6:59 PM

Our FECKLESS leader has spoke:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

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Kozy62

Jan-15-13 4:21 PM

Guns were and are made in most cases to kill...so if a bad person gets a gun and wants to kill, it worked. But, it did not make the decision to kill...the bad guy did.

Therefore, for everyone who wants to stop bad guys from killing, put them in jail and throw away the keys. It does not stop bad guys from killing to take a good guys gun away from him/her!

Do you notice that the bad guys kept at Gitmo are not killing anyone but the ones released have gone back to killing us...do you get the picture yet?

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rpmwwe

Jan-15-13 1:28 PM

"The statistics released by the FBI are general and not specific, they do not include, models of weapons..."

Correct. The vast majority of "assault weapons" are rifles so the FBI statistics total the "assault weapons" plus all other rifles. We cannot definitively say exactly how many murders are committed with "assault weapons" alone based on these statistics but that number can only be equal to or less than what is stated.

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rpmwwe

Jan-15-13 1:27 PM

"You'll notice also that the FBI statistics only cover murders"

That's because those are murder statistics. You'll have to look at the tables for assault to get the info on weapon types.

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Phoenix

Jan-15-13 8:55 AM

Sorry, whether guns used in these crimes were obtained legally or not.

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Phoenix

Jan-15-13 8:52 AM

What I don't understand is why pro gun advocates are so against universal backround check, why not close the gun show and private sale loophole? It seems like gun violence debate everything is up for the discussion except guns. You'll notice also that the FBI statistics only cover murders not gunshot victims who have survived their wounds also info on whether the guns used in these crimes were obtained. There are quite a number of variable that are unavailable to the public due to Todd Tiaht amendment.

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Phoenix

Jan-15-13 4:28 AM

The statistics released by the FBI are general and not specific, they do not include, models of weapons and only include violent crimes and not accidental shootings, hard to do accurate research with such limited info.

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rpmwwe

Jan-14-13 9:20 PM

According to the 2011 statistics, victims being beaten to death by someone using their bare hands occurred over twice as much as victims being killed with a rifle (...and, no, there is no distinction between "assault weapons" and other rifle types...they are all lumped together).

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rpmwwe

Jan-14-13 9:11 PM

Here's a link...

w w w.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8

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rpmwwe

Jan-14-13 8:52 PM

The BATF gun trace information is protected because it involves specific information on specific individuals. However, the FBI gathers statistics on crimes and those statistics do include weapon types used and it is public information.

I think most people, including 2nd Amendment supporters, would be surprised to see just how low the actual percentage is regarding the use of "assault weapons" in violent crimes.

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Phoenix

Jan-14-13 2:55 PM

rpmwwe, in reference to your comment regarding no follow up study on Feinstein's web site. In 2003, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Republican from Kansas, added language to the Justice Department's annual spending bill. It states that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can't release information used to trace guns involved in crime to researchers and members of the public. No access to info, no research!

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rpmwwe

Jan-14-13 11:12 AM

"rpm is smokin' on this topic!"

I do what I can to stay on top of it. Thanks for noticing.

By the way, you have made some excellent points yourself. I liked the comment "Peace and love or New Orleans stadium?" That pretty much summed everything up in the fewest possible words.

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rpmwwe

Jan-14-13 1:48 AM

I was just over at Feistein's web site and looked at the summary of her "assault weapons" ban. All I can say is that she is really off the hook.

However, while I was there I saw a couple of references to "studies" that were done to measure the effectiveness of the 1994 ban. They claimed some marginal declines in "assault weapons" crimes after the ban took effect but it didn't specify if that study measured the use of just the "assault weapons" listed in the ban or if also included crimes committed with non-banned semi-auto rifles (that might account for the difference found in the study since there was no prior distinction).

Also, there was no mention if a follow-up "study" was done to determine if the "assault weapons" crime rate rose after the ban sunsetted in 2004. If it did, you would think that would be a selling point for another ban.

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rpmwwe

Jan-12-13 3:18 AM

The 2nd Amendment would not have to be repealed. It wasn't repealed when the NFA or the Gun Control Act of 1968 was enacted. They specialize in chipping away our liberty in increments so some types of guns here and some types of guns there would be outlawed with no uprising.

They won't come door to door and make warrantless searches to collect those guns. It would be a logistical impossibility. Instead, they will rely on random encounters between gun owners and law enforcement over time. One or two people getting arrested periodically after police respond to an areas where owners of "assault weapons" are doing some target shooting won't ignite a revolution.

I hate to be the one to say it and I certainly don't like it, but that's exactly how it will go down.

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Phoenix

Jan-11-13 3:36 PM

Grant, are you claiming that the police report is a lie and if so what reason would the they have to lie? The details about the guns used in the shooting were released by the police within a couple of days of the shooting and have not changed since, where are you getting your info?

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GrantMingus

Jan-11-13 3:06 PM

That's not exactly true. They would have repeal the 2nd amendment to do what you're saying. Unconstitutional "laws" are not laws.

Say what you want about Alex Jones but he said it perfectly, 1776 will commence again if they try to take the guns.

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rpmwwe

Jan-11-13 12:23 PM

Oops - I ran out of characters. That last line was...

If new laws are created at the federal level but the states do not enact them as well, then the federal government would have the sole responsibility for enforcing them, just like the marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington.

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rpmwwe

Jan-11-13 12:22 PM

The federal government, at the most, can enact legislation that limits or stops further production and dealer sales of firearms, ammunition, and magazines. The federal government can outlaw the possession of those items that have already been legally produced and legally sold and not allow for a grandfather clause but, in order to have any effectiveness, the federal government would need the support of the states. Currently, all of the states have statutes in their codified laws that, for the most part, replicate federal firearms laws. This is done because local and state law enforcement officers have no authority to enforce federal law.

If new laws are created at the federal level then new laws would have to be created at the state level in order for local and state enforcement to occur. If new laws are created at the federal level but the states do not enact them as well, then the federal government would have the sole responsibility for enforcing them, just like the marijuana la

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GrantMingus

Jan-11-13 11:01 AM

If you don't want the conspiracy theorists out in full force, don't take a month to get the story straight and perpetuate your agenda based on false info in the press in the meantime.

Still MANY unanswered questions.

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GrantMingus

Jan-11-13 10:59 AM

That is very contradictory with many other things reported. I don't claim to have all the answers, but it shouldn't be hard to get the story straight. All I know is, where there is that much smoke, there is usually fire. That, and that it's easy for people to get away with things when the masses believe whatever the TV tells them and pushes anyone who doesn't buy it into a "fringe" category.

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Phoenix

Jan-11-13 10:17 AM

According to the police report, Adam Lanza brought three weapons inside Sandy Hook elementary school and left a fourth in the car. Those weapons were a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, two handguns, a Glock 10mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm. In the car he left a shotgun which the police have offered no details on. He used one of the handguns to take his own life. The primary weapon in the attacks against others was the Bushmaster.

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