Congressional Battle Over Gun Rights Nears

24 January 2013 |permalink | email article

Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, accused President Obama on Tuesday of demonizing law-abiding gun owners and suggesting that he wants to put “every private personal firearms transaction under the thumb of the federal government.” LaPierre when on to say that “the president should use caution when attacking clearly defined absolutes in favor of his principles.” The debate is certain to begin soon as Obama’s allies in Congress formally introduce legislation seeking a ban on assault weapons. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader and a supporter of gun rights, said he would not stand in the way of bringing such legislation to the floor of the Senate.

Briefs: Chatter, with the senate seat in Massachusetts about to open up, there is talk about Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Sen. Kennedy’s widow, filling the seat on a temporary basis. …House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is drafting a 10-year budget by the April 15 deadline. He hopes this week’s agreement helps spur action by his Senate counterparts to do the same….Looks like either Illinois AG Lisa Madigan or Bill Daley will challenge Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014 primary….ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that the country has decided that they basically like the reforms that were first put in place by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. They like Social Security, they like Medicare. They think these programs have made a difference.

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“You can take specific things he said that you agree with, emphasize those, and take the things that you don’t agree with and propose alternatives.—Newt Gingrich, the last Republican speaker to face a re-elected president.

“We clearly have this moment where we can get immigration done. If we don’t get it done, then shame on us. We’ve got to seize this opportunity.—David Plouffe, senior adviser to President Obama. 

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