Obama looks for ways to change gun laws around Congress
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say. The Department of Justice held the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings on Tuesday afternoon with a group of stakeholders in the ongoing gun-policy debates. Before the meeting, officials said part of the discussion was expected to center around the White House's options for shaping policy on its own or through its adjoining agencies and departments -- on issues ranging from beefing up background checks to encouraging better data-sharing.
and even if this is just a test "balloon:
Gun Control Gaining Traction On Capitol Hill
Mayor Bloomberg was joined by New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who will introduce the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 in the U.S. House.
Remember (from the FBI website http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics ) The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is all about saving lives and protecting people from harmóby not letting guns and explosives fall into the wrong hands. It also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers. Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998, NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives.
That was "reasonable", right? The left said "Just give us this and we'll be happy". But now, of course, it's not enough. They want more.
PBO saya the info is insufficient and inadequate and McCarthy is willing to fix it for him along with Bloomberg.
Creeping incrementalism, anyone?
Just one "reasonable" step at a time.