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East Bay Pols Praise President's Gun Control Plans

Congressional and state representatives say President Obama is on the right track.

East Bay political leaders this week praised President Obama's announcement that he was taking executive action to enact gun control legislation.

The presidentincluding ones to enhance background checks and expand the options for mental health professionals to report threats of violence.

He also asked Congress to approve legislation for universal background checks on gun purchases, restore a ban on assault weapons and limit magazines to 10 bullets.

“I applaud President Obama for moving so quickly to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in the United States and in our schools," said Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez). "I support his proposal and urge Congress to work quickly to pass it."

Miller added he will work with other congressional representatives to increase safety in the nation's schools.

"We must act now,” he said.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said, “The president has put together a bold plan to reduce gun violence and Congress needs to enact the legislation called for, like the ban on assault weapons, without delay ... It is long overdue for members of both parties to rise above partisan differences and do what is right to protect the American people.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) said she hopes Congress will quickly adopt measures to renew the ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as require background checks on all gun sales. Lee added she wants to improve mental health and violence prevention programs.

State representatives also praised the initiatives.

State Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) said she hopes to follow the president's lead at the state Capitol.

"The president is setting the tone for the national conversation that has to take place.  I strongly agree with him that we need to take action in order to protect our children," said Hancock. "As someone who represents Oakland, I’ve seen the tragic consequences of gun violence - too many children are dying."

Gun rights advocates, however, said President Obama's directives don't have a lot of teeth.

Charles Nichols, president of California Right to Carry, said the president's 23 executive orders require $5 billion in funding that Congress needs to approve.

He added the president doesn't have the authority to enact gun bans. That, he said, must come from Congress. Nichols said congressional approval of gun prohibitions is unlikely.

"President Obama's much hyped proposals were revealed this morning and despite all of the doomsday prophecies to the contrary, Mr. Obama all but conceded defeat," said Nichols.

Read more about gun control issues on Patch:

  • President Obama Calls for Universal Background Checks—Your Thoughts?
  • Gun Advocates: Owning A Weapon Is A Civil Right
  • Guns – Time for More Controls? A Ban?
CJ January 17, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Of course all the Statists are firmly in support of this.There is almost no restriction on Liberty they will not support enthusiastically. Question- WHen the next tragedy occurs and all this is in place. What then? This will stop nothing and will protect nobody. It is a 2nd Amendment setup for future confiscation (a wedge in the door). Doubt it will be passed in congress anyway.
KFrances January 17, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Power + Money Consolidation is The Biggest Threat. *Policy* Regulation in hiding will attempt to take guns from lawful citizens while propogandizing sustainability/health/save $ Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908) 8,000,000 Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII) Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-20) 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 – Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians (1915-20) Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000 Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1,600,000 (purges and concentration camps) Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78) 1,500,000 Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970) 1,000,000 Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine’s famine) Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000 Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982) 900,000 Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994) 800,000 Saddam Hussein (Iran 1980-1990 and Kurdistan 1987-88) 600,000 Tito (Yugoslavia, 1945-1987) 570,000 Sukarno (Communists 1965-66) 500,000 Fumimaro Konoe (Japan, 1937-39) 500,000? (Chinese civilians) Jonas Savimbi (Angola, 1975-2002) 400,000 Mullah Omar – Taliban (Afghanistan, 1986-2001) 400,000 Idi Amin (Uganda, 1969-1979) 300,000 Yahya Khan (Pakistan, 1970-71) 300,000 (Bangladesh) Benito Mussolini (Ethiopia, 1936; Libya, 1934-45; Yugoslavia, WWII) 300,000 Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire, 1965-97) ? Charles Taylor (Liberia, 1989-1996) 220,000
KFrances January 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM
btw Taxes just went up on 77% of Americans which is not what the propoganda SAID was going to happen. Watch what they DO not what they SAY. While I'm sure very nice people, I noticed the politicians mentioned above are all answering to and towing the line ('blackmailed' too through legal and funding) for the 'political elite' in CA/USA/Global which is destroying CA & the Bay Area on many levels. CA/USA is not being dismantled by accident.
MIKE ALFORD January 18, 2013 at 01:14 AM
EAST BAY POLS. My Ass ---- This Is Your Left Wing B.S. --- If you Listen to all this Propoganda You Might as Well Believe That they Are Doing All This For YOUR Good And That They Really CARE ABOUT YOU (HA) Never Ever Give Up Your Rights As An AMERICAN To Keep Yourself And Your Famely SAFE --- NEVER EVER GIVE UP THAT RIGHT ! If You Ask Your Neighbors your friends and REAL AMERICANS And I Do Mean Real Americans about taking away your personal Guns The ONLY thing Between you and someone breaking into your home in the middle of the night --- They Will Tell you Where to stick Your Propoganda Pols. !!! Dont LISTEN TO THIS LEFT WING B.S. --- STAND Up And Tell Them That NO ONE is Takeing Your ONLY MEANS OF PROTECTING YOUR FAMELY !! ------ NO ONE !
Concord Mike January 18, 2013 at 05:51 AM
I support the second amendment, and I also support sensible gun sales restrictions that help to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and criminals. Expanding instant check to all gun transactions makes sense. That said, much of the Obama gun initiatives are going to prove ineffectual and a waste of money. Best to focus on getting good data into the instant check, expanding coverage, and directing existing public service spending to communications around gun safety in the home.
MIKE ALFORD January 18, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Hey Dont you All think That WE should (To Make It Fair) All the people that Disagree With This B.S. Propoganda Poll ---- Stand Up and Let your side and your Views On Being Able To protect Yourself & Your Famelys ! Stand Up and Let us Hear Your Views !
KFrances January 18, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Gun safety in the home would be a much better use of the $5 billion with a B - Obama wants to use to 'infringe' on gun owner's rights. If he were really smart and really wanted to protect this country he might offer classes and training and safety for all so we could protect our country from a foreign invader. Wishful thinking. Instead he is making Americans the enemy. My concern is for the elderly, the sick, the 'not green enough' and the people who live in rural areas. These groups have been written out of the script which I find frightening. It's sad and scary.
Dive Turn Work January 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Well, at least they won their elections.
Linda Meza January 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I had a conversation with Congressman Miller at the Richmond Super Mixer last week. I wanted him to know that I supported reasonable actions taken to curb gun violence. Frankly pleaded with him to not let the gun lobby win this time. Mr. Miller set reasonable expectations by letting me know the gun lobby would win, but it's influence is being chipped away. The gun lobby doesn't want universal background checks, cooling off periods, registration of weapons for the very reason why, when asked by the Channel 5 news reporter at the Cow Palace this weekend the gun show organizer doesn't want to see California's model become the country's standard, it impedes commerce. This has nothing, let me repeat, nothing, to do with keeping American's safe in their home, safe from a tyrannical government, safe from imperialistic advances of invaders. But hey those sound scarey enough to cause gun sales to go through the roof. Much like the porn industry, the movie industry and the music industry cried 1st Amendment infringements. Yet we have reasonable restrictions on what can lawfully be produced, where it can be distributed, and what sorts alerts to the public must be noticed. And still the 1st Amendment stands. Common sense, reasonable man standards can be applied to the 2nd Amendment and it will survive as well.
Dive Turn Work January 18, 2013 at 04:38 PM
And Lance Armstrong totally didn't cheat.
My Kids Dad January 18, 2013 at 04:53 PM
how many "common sense" laws do we already have that get broken every time something bad happens with or without a gun? Lawless people break the law, and the rest of us try to obey all the laws the govt thinks we should be forced to live by.
KFrances January 18, 2013 at 05:25 PM
The gun lobby does not take freedom and choice from an individual to buy or not buy. whereas the government is pushing and pushing and pushing to legislate and put *policy* in place behind the scenes to chip away at Freedom, chip away at the USA. to TAKE power and choice
KFrances January 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Since 2011, our President has given himself (and his successors) the power to lock a U.S. Citizen up forever with no judge or jury (NDAA), take power over all rural land in the U.S. and declare Martial Law during Peace time. In less than 2 years, US Citizens were stripped of all basic rights through 'Executive Order' Not only did Obama lie twice about NDAA - he fought twice to keep it especailly the broad inclusion (associated forces) of sec. 1021. It is the law of the land today. Pretty tyrannical if you ask me...the worry is not only this administration, but the one after that & the one after that. The above has deep ramifications for a - civilization's survival - (ours) yet you don't hear a peep about it from the media, instead gun control is the issue. That is a red flag.
KFrances January 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Bob Ravasio, Corte Madera City Council leader has the guts to stand up to ABAG. Even though he is for 'common sense access' to guns - (which I personally think 'common sense' could be twisted by legaleze and Obamacare) he is a glimmer of hope in an otherwise very barren landscape where the Power is supposed to reside in the people, not the Government and definitely not a dictator.
Bailey Lee January 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Here's what that other redneck, rightwing George has to say to Rep Miller: A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.---George Washington, to Congress Jan 8, 1790

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