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Joe Biden Is New Gun Tzar

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So, John Kerry As Secretary of State and now Joe Biden as the new Gun Tzar... should be fine...


Market reaction is RGR and SWHC rallying from the news...


Via WSJ:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said all gun buyers should be subject to background checks, offering his most specific proposal in the wake of the shooting spree at a Connecticut school and setting up a potential fight with gun-rights advocates.


"This time words must lead to action," Mr. Obama said from the White House, where he also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would oversee an effort to get ideas for changing gun and mental-health laws to Congress. "The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing."



Mr. Obama said he wanted Mr. Biden and his cabinet to get concrete ideas to him no later than January, "proposals that I then intend to push without delay." He urged Congress to vote on the measures once they arrive.




The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama spoke by phone with one staunch gun-rights supporter, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who said that he and Mr. Obama "agree that as Americans and parents, all of our children belong to all of us—and we must work together to keep our precious children safe."




It is unclear exactly what policies the administration will pursue. The White House has said it wants to take a comprehensive look at the nation's gun and mental-health laws to determine what are the best ways to prevent mass shootings.


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefly gave details about measures Mr. Obama would support, saying that the president would consider limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and would back efforts to prevent people from buying guns through unlicensed dealers without a background check. Mr. Carney also said the president "actively" supports a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) to ban assault weapons.




The NRA this week broke days of silence after Friday's shooting, saying it wanted to make "meaningful contributions" to prevent future mass shootings. The group, which is one of the most powerful lobbies in the U.S., plans to hold a news conference Friday.

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Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:40 | 3079278 buzzsaw99
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He will ban those evil guns fast and furious bitchez!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:43 | 3079296 slaughterer
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Wife and kids getting Bersa Thunder and Walther P99 stocking stuffers in my family.   Ho, ho, bang.  

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:48 | 3079303 idea_hamster
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This is actually a gift to the NRA wrapped up as action for the left.

Obama has taken a real issue (whichever side you're on) and handed it to his full-retard don't-kill-me-or-else Barney-Fife SCHUUULTZZ! deputy to "take care of."

If anyone could balz-up the oversight of gun control, it's Biden.  

Oh, he'll work up a sweat trying to do all kinds of crap, but in the end, he'll accomplish zero.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:48 | 3079325 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Biden will make a fine gun czar. He has great experience shooting himself in the foot.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:50 | 3079341 economics9698
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Dumb and dumber. 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:56 | 3079377 SamAdams
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"Tigers in appearance, but have souls of sheep and the wind blows freely through their heads".  M&M, 1864

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:01 | 3079394 krispkritter
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Putting Biden in charge of gun policy is like putting Homer Simpson in charge of a nuclear power plant and we all know how well that worked out...Doh!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:13 | 3079445 Pinto Currency
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So much for banning guns to stop violence:



More people die falling out of bed than are killed by rifles.  Let's ban assault rifles.


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:14 | 3079455 NotApplicable
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Ya know, I'd take Obummer's "all gun buyers should have a background check" decree a tad bit more seriously, if the man had undergone one himself.

Whar Obama background?


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:27 | 3079515 Pinto Currency
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For criminals, the UK is now like the North Atlantic "happy hunting grounds" for U-boat commanders during WWII.  They must love the politicians who ensure that citizens can't acquire guns while criminals will always have guns.



Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:30 | 3079531 redpill
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The guy in Conneticut stole the guns he used.  How does a background check stop that?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:36 | 3079563 dracos_ghost
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Hey, then we need laws against stealing things ... wait a minute.

I'm surprised they're not talking about banning the mentally ill. But then again, that would wipe out 99.9999% of inside the beltway d-bags.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:54 | 3079651 fuu
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Don't we already have laws against theft and murder?

Why use the laws on the books when we can just make new laws!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:06 | 3079694 Ignatius
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I'm still looking for the word "Tsar" in the Constitution... still looking.

We're letting the elite, weasel class steal the language along with everything else, of course.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:25 | 3079783 12ToothAssassin
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I will turn in my firearms just as soon as the friendly local police depts de-militarize and there are no armed forces permanently stationed on US soil. Posse Comitatus anyone?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 16:29 | 3080043 trav777
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At least 60% of gun violence could be stopped tomorrow by banning black people.

I wonder if Biden has the balls to put that in his proposal.  Maybe I should mail it over to WH.gov?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 16:42 | 3080063 DaveyJones
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yes, and lets get rid of jazz, collards and the cotton gin while you're at it. Oh yeah, and we could stop a majority of Meth, Oxy and cocaine (as opposed to crack) if we banned whites.  

I see their bankers to blacks rebound is working for some 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:19 | 3080195 trav777
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a "majority of meth"...who cares?

Meth is a problem, sure, but the violence rate from meth is a FRACTION, even with whites' bein 70% of the country, of the violence issue that blacks are naturally.

The cotton gin was invented by a white guy...no clue what that's got to do with this, and it's 150 years old at that....jazz...collards...ZOMG, how could we live without that and dunking, rap music, and gaudy fashion?

Plus, if we banned whites, we'd lose things like electricity, modern medicine, refrigeration...and basically EVERYTHING ELSE EVER INVENTED.  Hat tip to China for the compass and gunpowder. 

Whites could do cocaine and not destroy the place; that's Canada.  Ever wonder why Australia doesn't have blood diamonds?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:01 | 3081149 DaveyJones
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you're right, history (and common sense) does prove that violence and crime is determined primarily by skin pigment and very few other factors. Blacks are just "naturally violent." That's why they're so good at sports. And those yellow chinamen only have two major inventions. Does war count as violence? Does currency control that drives folks (of all colors) into poverty and hunger count? Who wins that contest? How do we measure it? Or is violence reserved to that "minority" gang member you saw on TV? 


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 16:58 | 3080125 fuu
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You should start a petition.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 16:11 | 3080001 object_orient
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I couldn't find it either. Turns out czar or tsar is spelled c-o-m-m-e-r-c-e c-l-a-u-s-e. Just like every other thing the government shouldn't be doing, but is.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 16:11 | 3079998 Bad Attitude
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It's just another flavor of security theater. It won't do any good, but it will make the sheeple feel safer.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:05 | 3079701 Chip
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More people die falling out of bed than are killed by rifles.  Let's ban assault rifles.


---More people are killed by cars running off the road. Lets' ban cars

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:24 | 3081465 mjcOH1
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"Banning guns is an idea whose time has come."
-- U.S. Senator Joseph Biden, 11/18/93, Associated Press interview


I thought crazy Joe had already weighed in on this.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:02 | 3079397 kralizec
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LOL!  What a joke.  I bet the only guns ever in Plugs' hands had orange tips!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:03 | 3079403 Straw Dog
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Love quote. Who is or are M&M ?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:42 | 3079878 Freddie
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They are both evil and so is TV and Hollywood who support them 100%. 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:08 | 3079431 krispkritter
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As his foot is usually in his mouth, it's a wonder he survived...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:31 | 3079535 Tortfeasor
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I, for one, welcome our stumbling, bumbling, druken overlords.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:47 | 3079623 DaveyJones
Wed, 12/19/2012 - 20:19 | 3080920 HoofHearted
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I was in at my favorite local gun shop today, looking at a nice modern sporting rifle. They heard this BS about everyone should go through a background check before getting a gun and said, "Hey Bob, maybe we should do a background check on everyone we sell to...kinda like we've done for the past several decades!"

Someone said it well, Dumber and Dumberer.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:23 | 3079495 eatthebanksters
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Actually he shoots his mouth off more than his feet...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:55 | 3080355 Winston Churchill
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A nold drunk and guns,great idea.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:49 | 3079332 Concentrated po...
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Disarm the law abiding with laws that the criminals refuse to obey…BRILLIANT!

Victim: I’d like to report a murder Police: Where did this happen?

Victim: My home, criminals invaded my house and shot my wife in the head

Police: Officers are en route and will arrive in less than 3 minutes

Victim: Great, I’ll let my wife know, she’ll be so relieved

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:54 | 3079368 SgtSchultz
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Hey wait a minute!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:14 | 3079454 idea_hamster
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...present Kompany excepted, of course!


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:08 | 3079713 greensnacks
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this is fine: Push Begins in EU to Arm Syria Rebels which will lead to more of this: Syria Death Toll Climbs Past 40,000 Mark, Activists Say but 26 deaths may lead to tighter gun control? really?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:57 | 3079380 Bohm Squad
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Thought the same...seems like a 30-day cool-down period is in order.  

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:17 | 3079471 idea_hamster
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It actually reminds me of the SNL "Really?!?" piece on US Swimming "punishing" Phelps with a few months off for smoking weed -- "That's what you do if you want someone to finish CoD!"


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:18 | 3079476 NotApplicable
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All those assholes know is the saying "let no crisis go to waste." Both sides of this polarity will (and must) go full-retard, for that's the only way for special interest groups to function.

Other than the those d.b.a. "the state," there will be no winners here. Only various degrees of losers. Bet on it.

As always, divide, conquer, rinse, repeat, ad infinitum.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 13:47 | 3079317 shutupnsing
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Too funny...I was just looking at the BT380 myself as a CC. Do you recommend?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:08 | 3079427 hedgeless_horseman
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For pocket pistol?

9mm > .380 

Rohrbaugh R9S if you can afford the $

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:29 | 3079522 MachoMan
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I'll also throw in a sig 938 for the running...

Most of it simply depends on your personal attributes (body frame, size, weight, type of typical dress, etc.).  At the end of the day, anything is better than nothing, but would you rather have a compact version of a standard sized gun that has a longer barrel, better sights, better trigger, and more capacity than a pocket pistol?  I would...  pocket pistols, like other handguns, are only to be carried in specific situations.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:58 | 3080379 Winston Churchill
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Pistols are for use against someone armed with a knife.

The object is to not let anyone get that close.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 18:37 | 3080549 MachoMan
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Absolutely, it is a last ditch weapon...  however, one would need to conceal his firearm in order to ever step foot in virtually any establishment open to the public...  since open carry isn't an option (being able to carry a real weapon, e.g. rifle), we're left with handguns...  

The other issue is legality...  while carrying a handgun might actually be less advantageous than a knife at certain distances and in particular situations, the law allows one to conceal carry a handgun...  however, there is not a common "concealed knife permit"...  some of the assisted open knives and blade pairings are danger close, if not illegal, in many jurisdictions. 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:33 | 3079552 youngman
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I have three..a great pocket pistol....

But on this crap...I would think he could set an example by making his Secret Service go gunless...to show the world he means what he says....same for all the politicians....it should start with them...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:57 | 3079660 j0nx
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Yup I agree and the people have to insist on it. I demand that politicians take the lead on this important issue and issue an immediate congressional order to all local, state and federal police agencies that their officers and agents must relinquish all firearms effective immediately. This is too important for them not to take this first bold step. I know that the American family dogs will sleep a lot sounder once this happens.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:23 | 3079780 12ToothAssassin
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EXACTLY!! I will hand in my assault rifles (as soon as I dredge them out of the lake) at the exact same time my driendly local police force do the same.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 15:32 | 3079826 MachoMan
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If you're rich enough to afford actual assault rifles (at $20k/pop+), then kudos...  but I'd hope you wouldn't be giving them a bath...

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