Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dennis Henigan on Obama's Statement

 In his article on the Brady Campaign site, Dennis Henigan described the president's letter as an attempt to take a middle ground which would be rejected by both sides. Yet, as it turned out, only the NRA rejected it, being uninterested in anything like finding common ground.  The Brady Campaign found much to like in the statement.

For me, the most significant sentence in the article, and one curiously overlooked by the early commentators, is this: “If we’re serious about keeping guns away from someone who’s made up his mind to kill, then we can’t allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else.” This is an unambiguous reference to a deadly anomaly in our gun laws. Under the Brady Law background check system, if a gun is purchased from a licensed dealer, there must be a background check, but in most states, if it is purchased from an unlicensed private seller, no check is required. Often these private sales occur at gun shows – thus legislation has been introduced to close this “gun show loophole.”
Indeed, many people on both sides of the debate accept that background checks are the first and most important policy change needed.

Although Dennis Henigan didn't allude to Obama's history of making promises which remain unfulfilled, he did sum up his statement with a type of warning.

At some point soon, the President must move beyond discussion to action and leadership. Far from being part of the solution, the NRA has shown, once again, that it is the problem. If President Obama truly wants a system that no longer allows countless violent criminals to “effortlessly” avoid background checks, eventually he will have no choice but to confront the gun lobby, and defeat it.
What's your opinion? Given the widespread agreement on the necessity of background checks, do you think President Obama will follow through on this? Wouldn't it be possible for him to do so without alienating gun owners at large?

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. Would you give us National Reciprocity for LTCF holders if all people used NIC checks? Would you allow me to pass my firearms legally to my sons without and NIC check? TAX and FEE free?

    But to get all the states on the same page wouldn't upset anyone as long as they use the same NRA approved criteria.

  2. Dannytheman, Your sons would have to pass the background check too. Then registration of a particular gun or guns would pass to them.

    National reciprocity would have to be based on the rules of the strictest state. So, no.

    But, don't worry, Obama ain't gonna do shit. That's my prediction.