Days after a shooting at an Oregon community college left 10 dead including the gunman, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., made a new push for tougher gun control legislation.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid urged his colleagues Monday to pass legislation to require mandatory background checks on gun purchases.
"I've started to reach out to senators and talking about what can be done to advance the cause of background checks," Reid said, renewing a push for more stringent gun laws that followed the 2012 Newtown school shooting that left 20 first-graders dead, along with 6 educators. The effort eventually stalled and fell by the wayside....Read More
Our hearts go out to the victims and the families of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Last week’s events were very tragic, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.
But most Americans find it very offensive to hear the president use a tragedy like this and instantly turn it into a political opportunity.
The White House is calling for “common sense” gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally minded don’t obey the law.Read More
On October 1, 2015, the nation witnessed another tragic shooting -- this one at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
The President shortly took to a national platform to address the killings.
This should have been an opportunity for the President to unite a grieving nation. But instead, he chose to foment division. He even bragged that it was right for him to politicize this tragedy.Read More
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” said GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt. “This is a very tragic day, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.
“But we find it offensive to hear the White House use a tragedy like this, and instantly turn it into a political opportunity. The President spoke to the nation today, saying it’s proper for him to politicize this tragedy. He called for more ‘common sense’ gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally-minded don't obey the law,” Pratt said.
“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” the President said. He then rattled off a list of gun free zones where shooters had inflicted damage, including Columbine, Blacksburg, Newtown, Aurora and Charleston.Read More
Gun rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama for using the Oregon community college shooting to push for more gun control, with Dave Dalton of the American Gun Owners Alliance telling Newsmax that "I literally screamed at the TV set" as the president spoke.
Dalton said he was particularly incensed at Obama's remark that " 'it's just too easy to get a gun' without having any knowledge of the facts.
"They don't have any facts about the situation," he added. "How the person got the gun? What the person's mental capabilities were? Were they unstable? It's always, 'It's too easy to get a gun.'"
"How is it too easy to get a gun?" Dalton asked. "What more would they like besides an FBI background check? Is it mental records? Possibly.
"Nothing short of thought-policing is going to stop these kind of people."
At least 13 people and as many as 20 others were killed in the shootings at Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland, which began shortly after 10:30 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was slain in an exchange of gunfire with police officers in a campus building.
At the White House, Obama said that the shootings further illustrated the need for more gun control.
"As I said just a few months ago, and I said just a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough."
Erich Pratt of the Gun Owners of America attacked Obama for "instantly" turning the tragedy into "a political opportunity." Based in Springfield, Va., the group has a million members.
"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families," Pratt told Newsmax. "This is a very tragic day, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.
"But we find it offensive to hear the White House use a tragedy like this, and instantly turn it into a political opportunity," he added. "The White House is calling for 'common-sense' gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally-minded don't obey the law."Read More
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