Keywords: gun rights, campaign against guns, obama, biden, executive order
The month long efforts of the president's task-force on gun violence will come into full-view on Wednesday when Obama announces recommendations which will include up to 19-executive actions to tighten gun laws in the United States.
According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, when the president holds his press conference he'll be flanked by gun control advocates as well as school children who wrote the president letters following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month.
Carney refused to offer details regarding what measures the president is considering.
"I will not get ahead of the president in terms of what his package of proposals will include," he told reporters Tuesday. "I will simply note that the president has made clear that he intends to take a comprehensive approach."
It is being widely reported that the president will announce executive orders that could include:
• A tougher version of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 • Limits on the number of bullets that magazines can hold • Background checks for gun shows and other "private sales" • Better database tracking for weapons sales • Strengthening measures aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of those with severe mental health issues
Regarding the extent that the president can influence gun control laws, Carney acknowledged that this in not an issue the president can tackle on his own.
"It is a simple fact that there are limits to what can be done within existing law, and Congress has to act on the kinds of measures we've already mentioned, because the power to do that is reserved by Congress," Carney told reporters on Tuesday.
The president's announcement comes just over a month after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20-children ages 6 & 7.
The shootings, carried out by a lone gunman who also killed himself, have prompted a wave of demands for stricter gun-control laws, as well as a wave of both gun sales and enrollment in the NRA.
The National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that the gun advocacy group has seen its membership grow by a quarter million in just the past month.
Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's public affairs director, told U.S. News and World Report that "Every time President Obama opens his mouth and Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein opens her mouth and they talk about gun bans and restricting the rights of law abiding Americans, people pay attention to that and sign up."
The NRA met with Vice President Joe Biden last week, a meeting that the organization characterized as disappointing.
"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the NRA said in a statement Thursday. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners-honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans."
The intent of the president's efforts may be genuine in terms of protecting lives, but as Lou Dobbs pointed out in his Chalk Talk segment Monday night, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines will address a sliver of the murders committed in the United States.