SC Moderate Asking for Action on Gun Control
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 8:28PM
ColumbiaCents in Politics, gun control, moderate, sc

The President today asked Congress to consider gun control legislation (good summary is HERE). In doing so he drew upon his encounter with the father of one of the Newtown shooting victims. He gave the President a painting which he made reference to in the message.

President After Newtown Address - From TimesUnion.com

Every time I look at that painting, I think about Grace,” Obama said. “And I think about the life that she lived and the life that lay ahead of her, and most of all, I think about how, when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now — for Grace

My message to SC, please don't make this an Us against the President debate.

The assault weapons ban is only 1 part of this entire measure. There are many points to this bill that have wide bipartisan support.

Yes he listed the assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban in the list as well. Congress gets to put together these as they want though. Senator Graham has already spoke out against these measures. I'm sure the rest of SC representatives will follow. They get a choice in this final legislation though. I urge the SC delegation to stop with the rhetoric, come to the table and get some kind of deal done.

I also urge the left to be prepared to make a deal. There is no way that an assault weapon or high capacity magazine ban is going to pass by itself. In the era of both sides moving to the edges that's just not going to happen. If you want these items you are going to have to give the right something for them. Maybe its funding to put an armed officer in every school or metal detectors. There has to be something for the conservatives to bring home to the district that appeals to them.

No one agrees with all of the proposals being tossed around Washington. Personally I think that arming teachers is a horrible idea. That doesn't mean I wouldn't accept that as part of a broader plan though. I'm willing to listen to both sides though and accept a plan that while perfect may actually solve the problem.

I ask that all Congress do the same.

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