President Obama and Vice President Biden will stay behind closed doors Monday but are maintaining busy schedules. After meeting Biden for lunch and then sitting down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in which he receives foreign ambassadors recently posted to the United States.
Meanwhile, Biden’s ongoing discussions surrounding the issue of gun control continue Monday, this time with several Democratic members of Congress. According to a White House official, Biden will sit down with 12 House Democrats ahead of his expecting recommendations to the president Tuesday regarding further action on the issue. The Democrats constitute the House Democratic task force on gun violence.
Those Democrats include:
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT)
Rep. William Enyart (IL)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. John Dingell (MI)
Rep. Ron Barber (AZ)
9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Clinton
3:00PM THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony
12:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Jobs anyone ???
It's somewhere down there below budget cuts, guns, 'personhood,' and kicking out 'anchor babies'. Can't say for sure though. If only Obama is half the dictator the right proclaims him to be then he can pass a Jobs bill into law all by his lonesome.
Jobs? That was only to fool dumb libs into voting for him. The election is over and it is time for more tax and spend. It is all the libs know.
Like strictly cutting will increase jobs. More jobs will be lost. Try and explain that to the Repubs. Along with investment to create more jobs. You know the good old saying-You have to spend money to make money.
Tax is right!!!!! I got a letter today from my company about Berry's tax package for 2013. My rates going up another 4.9% while my bosses that makes well over 200k a year is going up .9% Thanks for looking out for the middle class Berry.
"No, thanks!" they reply casually, since they already have jobs.
What is the point in meeting with anti-gun Dems on guns except to plan ways to inflict gun control on the public? None. Because that is what they are doing.
Note that even CNN doesn't even buy any longer than Biden's commission was ever going to work on reducing gun violence by any means other than ressurrecting a dead in inneffective Assault Weapon Ban. No longer is is a "gun violence reduction commission" but "gun control talks."
Budget anyone ??
He should be meeting with way more than 12 Reps if he wants to build some kind of consensus.
AR15s & AK47s won't save yer sorry asses from the automatic gun of an Apache helicopter. Don't think Obama won't toast yr sorry asses if you try to 'come at'em bro' with a handful of magazines, some home made body armor and silly assault rifles.
The Sandy Hook
Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.
And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose…and strength…
This is a Promise
To support our own
our families, our neighbors, our teachers, our community
with dedication and love
as well as the material and financial needs they will require
in the days ahead.
To truly honor the lives lost
by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make
our community and our nation a safer, better place.
To have the conversations on ALL the issues
Conversations where listening is as important as speaking.
Conversations where even those with the most opposing views
can debate in good will.
To turn the conversation into actions.
Things must change.
This is the time.
We make to our precious children.
Because each child, every human life is filled with promise,
and though we continue to be filled with unbearable pain
we choose love, belief, and hope
instead of anger.
To do everything in our power to be remembered
not as the town filled with grief and victims;
but as the place where
real change began.
This is our promise.
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My heart goes out to all of these children, but if he bans certain guns and puts on more restrictions then there will be an uproar from the right, specifically down south.
Mass shootings can occur in the South too. Do you have kids or grandkids? Wife? Sister or brother? Parents? Think.
Rest in Peace Angels. Something will be done in your name.
Rahm in chicago has tough gun laws so does the wierdo in new york, IT DOESNT WORK, Chicago led with murders last year, how about creating some jobs so people can work and not have so much idle time to sit around broke and think of ways to steal, kill, rob, It you fix the economy some problems will disapate. (not all). Its heart wrenching what happened to the children but they are not fixing the problem, just creating more distractions. @ dec what about the kids being killed by abortation ???
It's kind of funny what some Republicans think about the economy and some other issues. With regards to the debt ceiling, they seem to think that destroying the economy is the solution to saving it. All or nothing, no common sense, no plan for growth. All they seem to care about is making government small, they don't really care about anything else really, even if in reality the government is a part of the economy. Please do us all a favor and grow a brain.
As for crime and gun violence in the inner cities, since when did anyone else care? Even when Obama brings it up, nobody else cares. It's Chicago's problem, it's their problem, not mine. So when tragedy hits the suburbs, now it becomes all too real. Gun violence is real, no matter what you think causes it, it is happening everywhere. It's time to stop ignoring it because it is clearly not just Chicago's problem.
As for 'abortation' I believe in a woman's right to choose. I also believe in the man and woman's responsibility to not cause unwanted pregnancies to begin with. If you believe people are not doing nearly enough to assume their responsibilities on that issue then you know where I stand on the gun violence issue.
As my sons…both hunters say: "The gun lobby doesn't represent hunters, all it represents are gun sellers. It is in fact giving legally licensed game hunters who register the firearms they purchase which can legally be used for hunting a bad name, amounting to guilt by association.”
Why do these fools always bring up abortion.... and why is it always some male that brings that subject up? If they were the ones faced with that choice they would be singing a totally different tune. It is a woman's right to choose, and as a woman I doubt if that is ever a decision any woman or her doctor lightly makes..Plus, why is it that the ones in opposition to a woman having that choice also opposes every means of birth control?
Agreed. Let's not mix issues of gun violence with abortion. I am pretty certain it is a debate I would loose. I have mixed feelings on the gun issue. The questions raised is who uses the gun in places like Chicago versus the suburbs. I would think there is considerable gang shootings in Chicago. How would this problem best be dealt with. Is it a question of upbringing. There are a lot of children who grow up without fathers in the city. This is a problem particularly in the black community. I do not believe regulations would do much for cities like Chicago. Perhaps more adult guidance is needed to prevent kids from falling into gangs. The shooting in Newtown is certainly a tragedy. How would new regulations prevent it from happening again? Preventing semi-automatics and assault weapons may slow the killings. But would it stop the killings. Unfortunately, I have no answer for this one and welcome anyone who does.
However, I do think something should be done to close the easy accessibility of guns purchased from gun shows. Isn't this how the teens in Columbine bought there weapons?
I think bans would be counter productive, universal background checks will prove more effective. Laws and law enforcement need to get smarter, not impossible and by impossible I mean having bans that you will never be effectively able to enforce. We are not Australia, but if we can find terrorists hiding in another country then we can find people who may use guns for criminal acts. Why do illegal guns keep getting in the hands of young people? Somebody is profiting from this tragedy and that needs to stop.
I agree with you Caramon that even if we effectively stop gun violence, that does not necessarily stop gang violence. There are many reasons behind it and not just the flow of guns. The communities are doing their part but are perhaps not doing enough. I think the best way to fight gangs is to give young people better opportunities to do something else with their lives, but that is often easily said than done.
I completely agree. Nice comments December.
I actually think not all the problems of fatherless children raised in poverty can be dropped solely on any one race...it has skyrocketed across the spectrum of all races since the 1960's.
"There is a misconception that out-of-wedlock births are mostly to teens. In fact, less than 8 percent of out-of-wedlock births are to girls under 18. These are decisions that adults are making." That from The Arizona Republic -Opinion- for 1/15/2013 in the article – "Out-of-wedlock births puts limits on opportunity.
A great amount of the cause is due to the lack of education and employment opportunities for a large number of young men. The problem is not limited to Chicago, or any one area of the country it can be found in every part of the country....although the density of population and gangs are a contributing factor in city gun violence... it is naive to think it is not happening in smaller communities. After all the topic mentioned was in an Arizona newspaper. A search of gun violence in small towns will provide nearly 2 Million search hits....with the article "FBI-Crime falls, but small town violence rises."
I feel a working solution would be an across the board registration and background check of all firearms sold...even those sold by a private owner...if a person must present a clear title to sell a motor vehicle in a private transaction, the same should be required for the sell of any firearm.
Plus: There is little or no difference between telling someone they are a fool, and telling them to grow a brain. Plus, I was not whining about bringing the totally irrelevant topic of abortion into the conversation....jut pointing out that it is not the topic in discussion. Plus, that it is legally allowed.
You're absolutely correct. They only whine when we bring up abortion because we're right about it.
@Jean, i think no man should decide whether a woman keeps or aborts, my opinion, as being a fooL ??? isnt killing killing ??? its always insults with you, whenever some disagrees you go to insultss 2 words GOOD BY
Fortunately, our society has recognized that each woman must be able to make the decision about abortion, based on her own conscience. To impose a law defining a fetus as a "person," granting it rights equal to or superior to a woman's — who is a thinking, feeling, conscious human being — is not only arrogant and absurd. It only serves to diminish women.*
Something far too many men on this planet already do, in far too many cultures. As a woman, I have a right to point that fact out when it is presented. that is not whining just pointing out facts we do not live in a country run by the Taliban, nor will women in this country allow us to be...if you can't take honesty that is your problem..
I don't think your sons represent all hunters jean. And December, I'm pretty sure that Republicans will raise the debt ceiling, but they want to negotiate. And they certainly aren't going to give Obama power to raise the debt ceiling at his own will.
I will have to share your optimism because I think Obama will not be able to do anything. This is all on members of Congress to figure out what it is they want to do.
They already gave him the power. The debt ceiling is money already spent by Congress which appropriated it.
They gave the approval for the money to be spend for items the government contracted, but they didn't appropriate the funds to pay for those items bought on the federal credit card after they were delivered and used...in other words they contracted the job but now they don't want to pay for it....therein lies the problem.
If you give your auto mechanic the go ahead to fix the brakes on your car, charge it on your credit card, drive off with new brakes then refuse to pay your credit card bill...that is doing what congress is trying to do....only the people who will be hurt most likely are the people who generally pay the bill for the government...the senior citizens retirement plans.
Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country and ironically had the highest number of murders last year.
They are getting it from other states and gun shows where no registration or check is needed. That needs to be stopped.
The criminals and gang members in Chcago don't buy their guns at gun shows or in stores, they use the black market just like they do for illegal drug distribution. Crack down all you want on the laws, you won't do much. What they need in Chicago is an underground task force to root out all the illegal guns. I doubt you'll find any of the criminals or gang members in the national or state database of registered owners.
That may help with the mentally ill but won't with criminals. Any criminal knows that once his name is in a database, he's at risk of being caught. That's the whole point, criminals DO NOT follow the law and want to stay outside of it as much as possible. They've tried getting information from people they arrest but the answer the Police usually get is, "I found the guns and ammo on the street, I don't know where they came from". The arrestee knows if he does rat out the supplier, he's dead.
Therein lies the problem. No law addresses underground weapons. The bad guys will always have them. The best any law can do is make it a bitt harder for the bad guy but cannot eliminate their access.