"What works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne,"

…but Barack Obama seems poised to give it a whirl.  Citing support for "common-sense" gun control, Change.gov, the official website of the office of the president-elect lists the following approach:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade.

SOURCE: http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy/

Presently, all purchases through a firearms dealer must be run through the National Instant Check System (NICS) after the applicant fills out Form 4473.  The record of the inquiry must be purged within 24-hours to prevent an illegal firearms registration scheme.  Considerable evidence exists that some law enforcement agencies are already keeping illegal lists of gun owners.  Repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment would ensure that the Federal government will have a shopping list of who owns what guns in the event that congress decides to confiscate all or some guns (more on that below).

Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them.

SOURCE: http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy/

This is code for requiring trigger lock and disassembly requirements that prevent property-owners from using their firearms for lawful self-defense.  By following NRA Safety Training guidelines for the safe use and storage of firearms for self-defense, firearms pose no danger to children – and ensures that criminals are unable to obtain loaded firearms.  Instead of expanding training efforts by showing gun owners more effective ways of defending themselves, unimaginative ill-informed bureaucrats will impose overly broad mandates that prevent legitimate and safe uses for firearms.

They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof.

SOURCE: http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy/

“Closing the gun show loophole” is code for making it illegal for individuals to sell guns directly to each other with no middle-man.  This happens every day with no ill-effects.  It is already illegal for any individual to sell a firearm to a “prohibited person” such as a criminal.  So where is the gain?  To stop illegal firearms sales – there is none.  Criminals will still steal firearms – and other criminals will still sell them to people who shouldn’t have them.  What it will do is drive all legitimate firearms sales through licensed dealers who will be required under the Tiahrt Amendment repeal mentioned above to catalog all firearms sold and provide that information to Federal authorities.

No firearm could ever be made childproof – nor could a car, a pair of scissors, or a steak knife.  Firearms are designed to be used by adults. The proposal to “childproof” firearms is a popular way of spinning an attempt outlaw of all firearms under the guise of “consumer product safety”. If you ban all firearms that are not childproof, and it’s impossible to make a tool that should only be used under adult supervision childproof, the effect is an outright ban.  Undoubtedly, police and military will be permitted to continue to use firearms that are not childproof – this legislation will only be applied to innocent individuals who have broken no laws and hurt nobody.

They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

SOURCE: http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy/

The fact of the matter is that most firearms used in street crime are relatively unremarkable handguns.  With the help of Hollywood, the anti-gun forces have led Americans to believe that military weapons are commonly used on our streets.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Weapons suitable for “foreign battlefields” area already tightly regulated, so this leaves every day firearms as the primary targets of confiscation – the last time these firearms were singled out based not on ballistic performance or lethality, but by appearance alone as if looks could kill.

Ultimately, we’re in for one hell of a ride.  Congress is likely to propose and pass sweeping legislation that will pave the way for a complete ban on technology that millions rely on to defend themselves and their families.  The biggest problem with what “works in Chicago” is that it doesn’t even work there.  Chicago, with it’s near total gun ban is delighted that it may manage to end the year with under 500 homicides.  In Miami, a city where defensive firearms ownership and use is legal and common, the city recently celebrated 40 days in a row without a homicide – the longest stretch in 52 years.

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