The future of gun control under Obama administration
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:35
- Date Jan 14, 2013
All-Star panel weighs in
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I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take.
That don't require legislation.
And that there -- we've been my authority as president and where you get a step that.
Has the opportunity to reduce the possibility gun violence.
That I want -- -- take it.
We don't think that there's much likelihood that the congress is going to move on making.
Gun control laws worse than they are.
Vice President Biden come out with Reza recommendations from his task force tomorrow this as obviously.
Gun shows are seeing a big uptick across the country in December of point twelve in fact it was the highest month on record for background checks spiking nearly two point eight million -- 50%.
Over the previous December.
We're back with our panel -- judging by the tone of some of the answers from president.
It seemed like he was scaling back a bit he did say he supported an assault weapons -- he did say.
He supported things.
It's through legislation but it seems just by how he was talking about it maybe it's just how you read it that.
That maybe it's a bit scaled back after these recommendations and I thought he actually touched on.
Part of the problem he -- When he says that what -- was asked why are people buying all these guys Jesus.
That there's a witness that that -- pro -- people get ginned up.
And he's right and nothing would -- them up more than some really sweeping ambitious legislation.
That says we're gonna get the guns or something like that and it would fail.
And it would galvanize there -- very opposition that he wants to get calmed down.
And so my guess is there'll be a little rhetoric.
That's a little outsized but -- the actual proposals -- -- be much more small bore for part.
-- -- -- -- Yeah out like talk to somebody who's been involved in some of these talks and that was the general feeling about it but.
Mostly because the gun control groups are more interest in any universal background check and they are an assault weapons ban that they feel -- that that that.
-- look at the two things you know that are the most talked about getting and getting rid of this you know.
Gun show loophole is probably their highest priorities so that an individual can't sell to an individual without a background check there's 32 states -- currently can do that.
Some and that's those eventually get into the hands of criminals and I think that you are realistic too about preventing these mass shootings is probably going to be very difficult but the but what you can do things to try to stop the stream data.
And that that's what they're more focused on.
-- I think what we're gonna get -- appearance emotion.
People want to have a sense they're doing something.
But it rather social issues on the planet to prevent these crazy.
And very rare massacres -- something that's almost impossible.
And I think everybody knows it even if he would implement these these.
Measures you wouldn't stop the sandy hook shooting.
But I think what they'll probably get and I think that was a misreading.
By the administration and the media of the mood in the country after sandy hook.
I think they had this sense that there was a whole sea change in public opinion then majority consensus in the country.
Remains that we believe in the Second Amendment.
And I think there's also we -- realization you can make changes around the edges.
But it's not going to have a significant effect and I think they will be.
The stuff around the edges of the background checks they'll be a more studies of what are the causes of violence.
And do you -- you might get other smaller measures you might even get.
More spending on mental health but I think there's a realization that.
If the problem is these sporadic and I usually shooting just not gonna make a difference and the other interest in practice since 1980.
With a homicide rate in the country as -- Cut in half so we -- obviously.
Doing a lot of good things but we can't explain or understand.
You know the of the causes of the -- shootings and that something that we're not convenient.
Good handle on I think -- New York is stepping up it's gun control measures and Chicago today listen to the mayor of Chicago.
-- I've ordered.
All the Chicago pension funds.
To check any of their investments and we're gonna do if they -- we're gonna -- divest.
Of any investments they have been any gun manufacturer -- we seized in the city Chicago.
More guns than any other city more than -- more than New York.
There's a violent place.
And it has lots and lots of gun control office which is sort of the whole point of us.