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Calling all gun nuts: Obama to take questions at gun town hall

Posted By on Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 8:54 AM

UP IN ARMS: President Obama's desire to do something about gun violence, perhaps by executive order, already has the gun lobby in an uproar, as web images such as this illustrate. A Thursday night TV appearance should add fuel to their fire.
  • UP IN ARMS: President Obama's desire to do something about gun violence, perhaps by executive order, already has the gun lobby in an uproar, as web images such as this illustrate. A Thursday night TV appearance should add fuel to their fire.
President Obama is going on CNN Thursday night to take questions on gun control. Can't wait to see the Fox counter-programming and the GOP candidate social media eruption.

President Barack Obama will join Anderson Cooper on CNN at 8 p.m. ET Thursday for a live town hall on gun control called "Guns in America."

The President will discuss gun issues with Cooper and take questions from the audience.

The President has repeatedly expressed frustration with Congress' inability to pass new gun laws. He plans to meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss gun control and is expected to announce soon new executive action aimed at expanding background checks on gun sales.

My continuing suggestions: End the gun show loophole (the exemption of secondary market sales from background checks). Penalize negligence in sale, ownership and use of weapons. Allow government research of guns from both a crime deterrence and public safety perspective. Encourage development of gun safety devices and, when practical, require their use.

I don't think a credible 2nd Amendment argument can be posed against any of these ideas, except by perhaps Justices Thomascalito.

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