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Washington - Report: White House Mulling Broader US Gun Control

Published on: January 6, 2013 02:49 PM
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Antique gun collector Dave Kleiner reviews paperwork during the East Coast Fine Arms Show in Stamford, Connecticut, January 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)Antique gun collector Dave Kleiner reviews paperwork during the East Coast Fine Arms Show in Stamford, Connecticut, January 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Washington - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing US gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper said. The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said. The approach is backed by law enforcement leaders, it said.

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President Barack Obama assigned Biden the job of designing the strategy after the massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last month that killed 20 children and six adults.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby.


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 Jan 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM Texas_Eli Says:

Does the fact that violent crime rates are HALF of what they were in 1992 matter?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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Texas_Eli Says:

Does the fact that violent crime rates are HALF of what they were in 1992 matter?

Of course not. Facts and politics are like oil and water.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

"Work around the NRA"? Is he also developing strategies to work around the legislative branch of the government?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:18 PM Anonymous Says:

This article sounds a lot better than "a ban on assault weapons." As long as law-abiding citizens are not actually prevented from exercising their Second Amendment right, establishing background checks and investigating the mental health status of buyers ensures that weapons end up in the right hands.

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