Politics: Obama demands gun reforms no later than January

Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday December 19th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - Obama announces his task force - demands action in weeks.

The President has now officially announced the creation of his task force, designed to recommend, create, and help implement new laws that will reduce gun violence. As we reported earlier, Obama has placed Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the effort.  This, according to the President, was done because Biden was instrumental in writing and passing the 1994 assault weapons ban.

"This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read, and then pushed aside," Obama said. "This is a team that has a very specific task: to pull together real reforms, right now."

As we learned with Obamacare, large-scale legislation which will run up against constitutional challenges should always be crafted as quickly as possible.

Obama tried his best to reassure skittish Americans that he's wholly supportive of their rights under the 2nd Amendment.

"Look," he said. "Like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation.  Obviously, across the country there are regional differences, there are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is; the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible. They buy their guns legally and they use them safely. Whether for hunting, or sport shooting, collection, or protection."

Isn't it reassuring that he views gun owners so favorably?

"I am also betting that the majority, the vast majority, of responsible law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war," the President continued.

He then proceeded to run through a litany of shootings which had taken place since last Friday, but conveniently neglected to mention whether they involved the assault weapons he was discussing.  Nor did he make note of crime in his home town of Chicago, where they have some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws and also, by a substantial margin, the most gun violence.

So, in a few weeks, we’ll have Joe Biden’s recommendations.  In all probability, they’ll be miraculously similar to the big-government, anti-gun, desires that the Democrats have been chasing for decades.

In case you missed it, here's the speech: