Biden: Obama Ready to Use Executive Order on Gun Laws
Vice president kicks off two days of meetings
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 5:36 PM CST
Vice President Joe Biden, with Attorney General Eric Holder at left, speaks during a meeting with victims' groups and gun safety organizations today.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Joe Biden made clear today as he kicked off two days of meetings on gun laws that President Obama is prepared to act without Congress to make changes, reports USA Today. Two quotes from the vice president getting wide circulation:

  • "The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet."
  • “This is a problem that requires immediate attention. I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing.”

Biden met with gun-safety and victims' groups today, and he will meet with the NRA and gun-rights advocates tomorrow (including Walmart). Among the things under consideration: reinstating the ban on assault weapons, setting up a national database, tightening background checks of gun buyers, and restricting the purchase of high-capacity magazines, reports CBS.

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apocalypso
Jan 11, 2013 5:56 AM CST
oh for heaven's sake, now this is just getting silly... yes, "cussing is bad", so sorry...
jrh
Jan 11, 2013 12:24 AM CST
100,000 new members, 4.2 million members in the NRA. I personally don't know what the solution would be, but it is a concern to everyone. Those who insist on having assault weapons and multiple round ammo clips, should experience in their own families what they can do, not what they can and have done to others. 4.2 Million members and growing! Have any of them had to bury one of their own that was slaughtered by these weapons or do they even care? I do not believe anyone wants to do away with the 2nd amendment as the NRA portrays. Will guns continue to be made, will ammo still be made? yes I believe so, but weapons for mast destruction should be for combat and the military, not for the average person to protect themselves or hunting, a rifle, shotgun or pistol would be adequate for those purposes.
jaamuse
Jan 10, 2013 6:44 PM CST
Obama is being quite artful in his method. He is successfully letting the right portray themselves as wackos and extreme fundamentalists. He's baiting them, and like good little fish, the righties are swallowing the bait. There's so much fun to be had in watching the right implode!