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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • What's your view about gun issues?

  • On Wednesday morning, President Obama announced his plan of action concerning guns in the United States.
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  • On Wednesday morning, President Obama announced his plan of action concerning guns in the United States.
    This comes just a month after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.
    The president announced four initiatives he says will need Congressional approval.
    He also announced 23 executive orders related to the issue. They are wide ranging, from approval of an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms director to starting a dialogue about mental health issues.
    The President also called on the American people to make their voices heard on this matter. He urged dialogue as well as contacting elected representatives.
    We want to hear the same thing.
    We are asking our readers to let us know your feelings about guns in America. We'd like to know where you stand on the issues — no matter your position.
    Our readers are encouraged to write a letter to the editor and give us your views. We will print all letters which conform with our letters policy.
    Below are the four areas in which Obama says needs congressional approval. Below that are the 23 executive orders signed by the president.
    Legislative proposals
    Requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales.
    Banning "military-style" assault weapons.
    Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
    Strengthening penalties for gun trafficking.
     
    Executive orders
    Page 2 of 3 - 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
    2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
    3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
    4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
    6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
    8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
    10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
    11. Nominate an ATF director.
    12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
    13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
    Page 3 of 3 - 14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
    15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
    17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
    19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
    20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
    21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
    22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
    23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
     
    We hope you will take the time to let us know how you feel about these issues. We would like to share those thoughts with our readers.
     

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