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Obama's Gun Plan: Divide or Conquer

Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:11 PM
He could have pledged to work across the aisle. Instead, he pushed for a ban on assault weapons and a ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds -- which might or might not pass in the Senate but surely would stall in the GOP-controlled House. Regardless of the politics he has no business pushing for anything that "infringes" our constitutional right. If anything were really to be done it would have to start with a constitutional amendment. Funny, I don't recall hearing anything about that.

If I were president, what would I do in the wake of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, which left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, if I wanted not only to advance an ambitious initiative to reduce gun violence but also to sign a law that actually worked?

To punctuate what is at stake, I might launch my effort, as President Barack Obama did Wednesday, in a ceremony with children who had written to me after the school shooting.

I also might invite children scarred by the daily urban shootings, which don't garner as much media...

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