Jeh Johnson: Gun control is now a matter of homeland security
Just days after the massacre in an Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday said that gun control is now a critical element of protecting the U.S. homeland and keeping Americans safe.
“We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security,” Johnson said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.” “We need to do something to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to get a gun in this country.”
On the issue of people on the no-fly list and various other lists being able to purchase a weapon in the U.S., Johnson said, “I believe that that’s something that has to be addressed.”
Obama Calls for Assault Weapons Ban, New ‘No Fly, No Buy’ Law
In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, President Obama today called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban as well as pass legislation to make it harder for suspected terrorists to obtain firearms.
The president said there are a number of “common-sense” gun control measures that Congress should take to reduce gun violence without violating the Second Amendment and, for the first time since the deadly shooting Sunday, he enumerated several steps he wants Congress to take.
“People with possible ties to terrorism who are not allowed on a plane shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun,” Obama said, referencing “No Fly, No Buy” legislation pending on Capitol Hill that would prevent any suspected terrorists on “No Fly” lists from buying firearms.
Hilary Clinton Calls For Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban
During an interview with CNN’s ‘New Day’, Hillary Clinton was asked, “What law would have made this not happen? What law could have made this not a situation where this man was able to get weapons?”
She goes on, “We did have an assault weapons ban for 10-years, and I think it should be reinstated.”
HERE COMES THE PUSH FOR INSURANCE ON GUN OWNERS (path to registration) :American Medical Association says gun violence is a public health crisis
The massacre in Orlando spurred the American Medical Association on Tuesday to formally call gun violence “a very public health crisis,” and say the organization will “actively lobby” Congress to end a funding ban on federal health research into the problem.
The move by the largest group of doctors in the United States, during a meeting in Chicago, came days after a gunman slaughtered 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday morning with a legally purchased AK-47 assault rifle.
“With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theaters, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence,” said the AMA’s president, Dr. Steven Stack.
Trump on banning assault weapons: ‘I absolutely wouldn’t’
"We have terrible intelligence gathering right now."
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Donald Trump doubled down Monday on labeling the Orlando mass shooting “radical Islamic terrorism,” insisting that his use of the phrase shows his get-tough approach to national security.
He also painted President Obama as unaware of the security threats facing the U.S. because he avoids the phrase.
“He thinks everyone’s just a sweetheart,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today.” “… which I think is insulting to our country and insulting to everybody.”
Trump says assault weapons needed for protection