Leading Gun Control Advocate: “We’ll get it done by the end of January”
Jan 4, 2013
A leading gun control advocate who co-chairs a national committee with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the Vice President, Joe Biden, personally promised him that Obama will pass sweeping firearms reforms by the end of the month.
Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, co-chair of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organisation, told reporters at the City Hall that Biden had “guaranteed” him that far reaching gun control measures would be quickly implemented in 2013.
“He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino said, adding that Biden had telephoned him several times to discuss gun control over the past two months.
“They’re going to get it done.” Menino said, intimating that Biden had made promises to him before the latest school shooting had even occurred.
Menino has spent most of his time hospitalized since October with a range of ailments. It was this ongoing illness that seemingly prompted the calls from Biden.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns organisation group has lobbied Obama to introduce broad gun reform measures since his election in 2008. The group, consisting of around 500 mayors nationwide, has called for further empowering the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to crack down on the proliferation of firearms.
Among their recommendations has been a call to allow ATF agents greater discretion to conduct criminal investigations and background checks at gun shows. “Criminal activity endemic to some gun shows goes unchecked” the group noted in a 2009 report.
“I understand the second amendment, the right to bear arms. But I don’t understand how young kids should be able to get guns,” Menino said.
The Mayor added that Obama now has “no excuse not to pass strong (gun reform) legislation,” given that he no longer has to worry about getting re-elected.
“It’s time to get this moving and moving quickly,” Menino said. “Let’s do it now.”
Earlier this week, an Obama administration official told The Huffington Post, that the president plans to quickly push for new gun control measures beginning this month:
The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.