Gun-Control Plan? That Got Shelved
Proposal could fortify FBI background-check system
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2012 5:35 PM CST
United States Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(Newser) – The Justice Department developed a new gun-control initiative after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting last year but shelved it in the heat of a presidential election campaign, the New York Times reports. Whether President Obama will revive it in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting is unknown. But the basic tenet is fairly old: Order federal agencies to send information to the FBI to expand its database of people barred from buying guns. That list includes the mentally "defective," illegals, drug users, felons, and domestic abusers.

For example, the Social Security Administration would tell the FBI when it was sending a check to someone because that person is mentally unwell. Such moves could improve the system, which failed to bar the gunman in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre from buying guns despite a judge's ruling that he was mentally ill. A similar law was passed in 2008, however, and agencies either dragged their feet or said their information wasn't appropriate for the database. For more, see an Arizona Star op-ed published under Obama's name after the Giffords shooting. (Or see the latest round of rhetoric on gun control.)

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Justice Dept. Shelved Gun Control Plan Last Year is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 194 comments
Dec 16, 2012 2:51 PM CST
Still think a new set of 'gun laws' can fix this new uprising of gun/maniac incidents? That's just Obama's false face attempt to appear that he's making a response as a President of the United States. He's just as helpless as the rest of us. Nothing can change people's thoughts. To keep people out of a building who don't belong inside won't help. The perps are internal. They're suicidal too (to make it even worse), so threats of the Chair as a punishment won't even help. An unthinkable ½-solution would be to have armed guards in all schools from now on. But we'd be turning our childcare intitutions into Marshal Law Military Zones!
Dec 16, 2012 2:03 PM CST
Regrettably the banning of Assault guns will not wholly bring an end to this type of Tragedy where School Children are targeted, other weapons can be utilized What is almost certainly required is to bring religion back into our Schools ( this last is surprising coming from me as I consider myself to be an agnostic) However some form of discipline must be reintroduced into the Education System whereby Children are made aware that a higher authority will be answered to when as they inevitably must, die.
Dec 16, 2012 11:30 AM CST
this is a learned behavior that our leaders must address,,,,kids are playing video games which are so realistic, carrying all kinds of weapons,,,my grandson included,,,,,because of budget problems mental institutions are closed everywhere, allowing crazies loose without supervision,,,,our leaders constantly bicker on everything, displaying apathy for the opposition which filters down to the people,,,,and yes, gun controls with proper screening must be addressed also,,,,this stuff must cease and its up to Washington working together to curtail this senseless continuance of massacres,,,,