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“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,” he said. “I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”
During the interview with David Gregory, Obama focused on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. Second Amendment foes routinely describe semi-automatic weapons with cosmetic military features as assault weapons.
“I’ve been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks, that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support,” said Obama.
Obama stressed that he will push legislation within the first year of his second term. “I’d like to get it done in the first year,” he said. “I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden’s task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off.”
The president told NBC he believes “responsible gun owners” will agree to the recommendations put forward by vice president Biden’s task force.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who promised to enact draconian anti-Second Amendment legislation following the Sandy Hook massacre, said on Sunday America needs to “bite the bullet” and restrict the gun rights of Americans.
“America has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation and our nation’s standing in the world,” Feinstein told Fox News Sunday. “When you have someone walking in and slaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong.”
Feinstein said the firearms of law-abiding Americans need to be placed under “appropriate authority.”
On December 27, we reported that Feinstein is in favor of passing legislation that would treat American gun owners as criminals. On her Senate web page, Feinstein stated her proposed legislation will add fingerprinting and photo identification to the National Firearms Act.
The effort to expand firearms registration will include weapons grandfathered prior to the enactment of Feinstein’s proposed legislation.
On December 20, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may confiscate firearms. “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” the governor said.