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  •  Bloomberg with his stop and frisk strategy in NYC (11+ / 0-)

    has made me soured at his leadership. So I have to admit I listen to his statements with a small dose of resentment. I do believe the President will make a major effort toward this issue. I hope he will be able to corrall Congress however who are mostly running scared of the NRA.

    •  Despite his obvious flaws, Bloomberg shows true (17+ / 0-)

      leadership on gun control.  Thus far, I haven't seen anything remotely comparable from the president, as per Clarence Page in his hometown paper:

      For example, after the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., which left six people dead and 13 others injured, President Barack Obama delivered a moving nationally televised address, but a call for new gun laws was conspicuous in its absence.

      Instead, in an Arizona Daily Star op-ed, he repeated his support for the Second Amendment and called for stricter enforcement of gun laws already on the books. That position perfectly matches the position of the National Rifle Association, the nation's leading gun owners' advocacy group. But if NRA leaders were pleased, they are not about to show it.
      Obama has signed a law that permits Amtrak passengers to carry guns in their checked baggage and another that allows visitors to national parks and wildlife refuges to possess concealed guns. He has not pushed for actions he supported in his 2008 campaign, including closing the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows unlicensed private firearm sellers to sell weapons at gun shows without conducting the background checks and reporting requirements that registered gun dealers must conduct.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:34:00 AM PST

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      •  The credit card holders bill of rights included (4+ / 0-)

        the rider for the firearms amendment, such as allowing firearms at the nation's National Parks. The President didn't decide to just pass this amendment as a singular issue. To hear Bloomberg this morning, you would have thought the President campaigned on this amendment.

        The President was concerned about credit card companies ripping off their customers. This is one of the crazy ways things get done in Congress. I am sure if he had his druthers he would have preferred that the amendment was not included.

        As I said, I think the President is ready to deal with this issue but in a climate where there are a number of crucial issues to be addressed by this President, where it is hard to even get congress to pass bills that would allow the unemployed to get extension of unemployment benefits or to even allowing the nation to pay its debt without holding the nation hostage, I would say the President has had his share of battles.... And will continue to have more with other important issues up ahead.

        •  Repubs sneaking the firearms amendment (2+ / 0-)
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          In the credit card bill was absolutely outrageous. In fact, I dream of the day where it will be impossible to attach non related amendments to a particular bill.  

          As far as President Obama goes, let's never forget that his election created an unprecedented level of paranoia in the extreme right-wing circles. Add to that the level of stress in the general population caused by an economy in free fall.  I understand that President Obama was not in the best position to launch a debate on gun control. That, and also the fact that he had so many fires to put up; Bush had left a mess of epic proportions.

          But now is the time. This particular tragedy has created such a shock that it may be finally possible to make progress legislatively...

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