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THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Kamala Harris, other 2020 Democrats promise new gun controls. How far can they go? (VIDEO)

SACRMENTO BEE.COM MAY 21, 2019 – California Sen. Kamala Harris and other Democrats running for president have promised aggressive action to stem the nation’s epidemic of gun violence if they win the White House in 2020. But when it comes to restricting gun access, experts say executive action is unlikely to make a significant dent in the problem, and any steps the president takes unilaterally are likely to be embroiled in legal challenges.

The reality is it’s Congress — not the president — that holds most of the power on gun policy. The executive branch has “limited discretion” on guns, University of California, Los Angeles Law Professor Adam Winkler told McClatchy.

Former Democratic President Barack Obama “looked at all these things and had a list of 20 executive actions. Even with 20 executive actions, it didn’t add up to much,” said Winkler, an expert in constitutional law. “The real takeaway of these campaign promises is how gun control has surged … as a way to energize Democratic voters.”

While Democrats even a decade ago mostly avoided talking about guns, fearing it could alienate swing voters, the party’s 2020 presidential candidates are making a different calculation. Most in the primary field have unveiled proposals to tighten restrictions on guns or made promises to do so on the campaign trail. The latest: former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who penned an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle over the weekend laying out his four-point plan to stop gun violence.

The candidates tend to downplay how much they would rely on Congress to achieve their goals.

For example, much of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s expansive 2020 gun agenda — including the centerpiece, a universal federal gun licensing system — would require Congress to pass new legislation. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also recently endorsed the idea. Banning the sale of so-called assault weapons also would require a new law. Harris, Booker, O’Rourke and Buttigieg have all promised to pursue that goal, as have many other 2020 candidates.

Betting that Republicans in Congress will block any gun action, Harris’ campaign has zeroed in on gray areas in existing gun laws that her advisers believe permit the president to tighten restrictions. “If Congress is not going to act, and we have no indication that they will, we’re going to use absolutely everything in our authority to do as much as we can to fight back,” said Harris campaign spokeswoman Kirsten Allen. [Read More]

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BREAKING :
THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.