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  •  I assume we will see background check (3+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, RiveroftheWest, LinSea

    ...legislation pass, but the way you wrote this decreased my certainty, somewhat.

    It strongly reminded me that to Americans, guns are not a legal policy issue, and thus, there is no consent to a legislative solution. It's not even a social issue. This is purely a cultural issue, now, and cultures tend to be invincible.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:32:50 PM PDT

    •  Invincible When They're the Majority. (3+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, Pluto, RiveroftheWest

      Plenty of minorities will speak for plenty of vincibility.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:43:14 PM PDT

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      •  "Cultural Issues" are the reason that the (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, qofdisks

        ...US has lost every war it tied to fight for the past 60 years.

        We tried to fight other people's cultures.

        The Anglo-American gun culture is deeper and more wide spread that you can possibly imagine. We would not be spending 50 cents out of every tax dollar on an international murder spree (aka name-a-euphanism) to the point of bankrupting the nation -- if this were not a cultural imperative.

        Denial is a drug.

        by Pluto on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:55:06 PM PDT

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    •  I would remind the discouraged (6+ / 0-)

      ...that President Obama has taken extraordinary Executive Actions on his own -- that will definitely be a game changer for gun violence in the future.

      No other president has done more on this issue. He has even voided the pro-gun restrictions that Harry Reid inserted into the PPACA against doctors.

      These 23 Executive Actions are the law of the land for the next four years:

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Denial is a drug.

      by Pluto on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:48:00 PM PDT

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