President Obama on Thursday pledged to use his last 18 months in office to work on gun control, calling it “the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied.”
“If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws – even in the face of repeated mass killings,” he told the BBC in an interview.
“And if you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands,” Obama continued.
“For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months.”
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A gunman killed two people and injured nine others late Thursday when he opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun in a Lafayette, La. movie theater before turning the weapon on himself, the city’s police chief said.
Chief Jim Craft told reporters that authorities had identified the shooter as a 58-year-old white man, but did not release his name, citing the ongoing investigation. Craft later said that the gunman had a criminal record, but had not been in trouble with the law recently. He did not elaborate further, and added that no motive had been established. Early Friday, Craft said that investigators were investigating possible addresses for the shooter in multiple Southern states.
The chief said that one of the injured victims was in critical condition and the ages of the wounded ranged from the late teens to early 60s. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that one victim had been released from a local hospital.
Late Thursday, authorities said they had found the gunman’s vehicle with a suspicious package inside. A bomb squad and hazmat team were called in and the area near the theater was evacuated. Minutes later, an Associated Press reporter on the scene heard a number of short bursts similar to firecrackers coming from that vicinity. Craft later said that the suspicious object was found to be harmless.
The Grand Theatre is a gun free zone. The theater doesn’t even allow law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to carry for self-defense.
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Governors in six states – Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas – ordered their Guardsmen to be armed.
National Guard are the rare exception of military personnel who can be armed off-base. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has cited legal issues with arming other servicemembers, including a 19th century law restricting the ability to arm Army soldiers off-base in the interest of limiting their law enforcement role.
Outside of military operations, Defense Department policy limits the carrying of firearms to personnel engaged in law enforcement duties and “qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.”
Adm. Bill Gortney, head of the U.S. Northern Command, which oversees security for military facilities in the United States, issued a directive Sunday night calling on centers to implement modest measures while the Department of Defense hammers out more substantial steps to reduce the risk to recruiters.
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The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The push, which could potentially affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others, is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws that prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the United States illegally, and others, according to the paper.
The language of federal gun laws restricts ownership to people who are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease” – which could potentially affect a large group within Social Security, the LA Times reported.
If Social Security, which has never taken part in the background check system, uses the same standard as the Department of Veterans Affairs – which is the idea floated – then millions of beneficiaries could be affected, with about 4.2 million adults receiving monthly benefits that are managed by “representative payees.”
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As most everyone is now aware, military personnel are not allowed to carry firearms in recruiting centers. In Alabama and Georgia, citizens are stepping up and providing security until Congress decides on a solution to the issue.
In Huntsville, Alabama, a Navy veteran was standing in front of a storefront with his gun holstered. The veteran refused to give his name or be photographed by a local television station, but a bystander said this:
“Of course the great state of Alabama allows open carry, so he had his pistol on him in case something happened.”
The same exact thing happened in Hiram, Georgia, according to Breitbart News. In this case, it was private citizens, all of whom had concealed carry permits. The private citizens all arranged to have multiple armed guards standing watch over their local office.
“To think the people who are supposed to protect and serve us are unable to protect and serve… [while protecting] themselves. So if us, the citizens, who have carry permits, are able to help protect them…that’s what we’re gonna be able to do.
This is who is giving us our freedom, who allows us to wake every day and if they’re not here, and [are] taken down just like the Chattanooga incident, then how can we say that we are going to be able to wake up tomorrow?”
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