1. clOsinG BacKGrOund checK lOOPhOles TO KeeP Guns OuT OF danGerOus hands
Most gun owners buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for self-defense, hunting, or sport shooting. Yet too often, irresponsible and dangerous individuals have been able to easily get their hands on firearms. We must strengthen our efforts to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.
Ah, that old chestnut, the gun show loophole. Also known as the selling of private property loophole.
2: BanninG MiliTarY-sTYle assaulT WeaPOns and hiGh-caPaciTY MaGaZines, and TaKinG OTher cOMMOn-sense sTePs TO reduce Gun ViOlence
We need to do more to prevent easy access to instruments of mass violence. We also need to provide law enforcement with additional tools to prevent gun violence, end the freeze on gun violence research, make sure health care providers know they can report credible threats of violence and talk to their patients about gun safety, and promote responsible gun ownership.
Remember how we said we weren't going to talk away your guns? Yeah, we were lying through our teeth. Plus, that original assault weapons ban didn't do anything to stop violence (Columbine!), so let's do it again only harder.
end The FreeZe On Gun ViOlence research
There are approximately 30,000 firearm-related homicides and suicides a year, a number large enough to make clear this is a public health crisis. But for years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other scientific agencies have been barred by Congress from using funds to “advocate or promote gun control,” and some members of Congress have claimed this prohibition also bans the CDC from conducting any research on the causes of gun violence. However, research on gun violence is not advocacy; it is critical public health research that gives all Americans information they need.
We handed the CDC a dumptruck full of money to find a public health angle on gun control. Despite throwing millions of dollars at it, they couldn't find a single link. Let's throw more money at it!
PuT uP TO 1,000 MOre schOOl resOurce OFFicers and cOunselOrs in schOOls and helP schOOls inVesT in saFeTY
Putting school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools can help prevent school crime and student-on-student violence. School resource officers are specially trained police officers that work in schools. When equipped with proper training and supported by evidence-based school discipline policies, they can deter crime with their presence and advance community policing objectives.
Wait wait wait. Didn't Obama ridicule the NRA's suggestion that we put more police officers in schools? REALLY? And he just turns around and incorporates their suggestion into his plan. SHAMELESS.
4: iMPrOVinG MenTal healTh serVices
As President Obama said, “We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care as easy as access to a gun.” Today, less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. While the vast majority of Americans with a mental illness are not violent, several recent mass shootings have highlighted how some cases of mental illness can develop into crisis situations if individuals do not receive proper treatment. We need to do more than just keep guns out of the hands of people with serious mental illness; we need to identify mental health issues early and help individuals get the treatment they need before these dangerous situations develop.
Gratuitous dig aside, it would be nice to see some more attention paid to the mental illness side of the equation. The likelihood of the FedGov using this information in a proper manner is quite low, of course.
So, he's zeroing in on private sales and a new AWB, but he's leaving it to Congress to take the fall if it is not implemented. He's pushing the same old tired ideas that have tried and failed, and dressed them up in the guise of "for the children". I would say it's cliched and formulaic, but it doesn't even rise to that level. This is "phoning it in" bad.
Looks like we'll be fighting this more on the state level than federal - so it's not as bad as it could be...
That is all.