January 16th, 2013
04:54 PM ET
10 years ago

'Universal background check:' What does it mean?

(CNN) - In an effort to stem gun violence across the United States, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed 23 executive actions, which don't require congressional approval - some of which called for tougher enforcement of existing laws and required federal agencies to provide data for background checks.

He also proposed background checks on all future gun sales, as recommended by a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. But Congress would have to approve that policy.


Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Uncle Sam

    Does this seem familiar? From the pages of Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse: “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the ant-igun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd Amendment.” Biden just wants to disarm the American public so we do what he wants.

    January 16, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Barack

    You have heard of the no fly list and the no call list and now you could be on the "no buy guns" list. You could be declared mentally ill by the goverment even if you are not. Pretty dangerous.

    January 16, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "U.S. law requires background checks for all people who try to buy firearms from federally licensed dealers. But federal law does not require background checks for "private transactions," such as sales at gun shows. Many states have their own statutes requiring such checks for private sales."

    Very good. Let's also start a data base listing all gun owners and their weapons, making every "private transaction" equally applicable by law to any crime pursuant to a private back seat sale to include both the individual who sold their gun(s) privately and the criminal using said private purchase as a method for their crime.

    January 16, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Leland

    I have bought 8 guns in the last 6 years and they ran a background check every time. Sometimes it took almost a day which is fine with me. So whats the difference to alot of the gun "crowd" who has not even had a speeding ticket in the last 20 years – NOTHING. Thats the problem you libs are going to have who think this will restrict gun sales. Most of the gun community are law and order types so sales are not goint to drop. I am sure there is some way to do a private sale through an FFL dealer to make it legal. Press hard three copies.

    January 16, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. freedom

    What's with the photo op with the children – that's called exploitation! They don't know why they're there – and the enormous scope of the situation.

    January 16, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    .....,it means every Tom, Dick, and Harry can not buy.

    January 16, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. rs

    Uncle Sam-
    You keep cutting and pasting this silly quote. I hate to tell you but Cooper is a crackpot. If he is you logical foundation for your argument, then you don't have one.

    January 16, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. rs

    Universal means that the background of everyone buying a gun anywhere undergoes a through background check- in stores, at gun shows, even private sales (which could be witnessed and checked in police stations). Therer should be generous fines for those violating the check system- private sellers or WalMart.

    January 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. freedom

    Also, he's distracting the attention away from the Benghazi hearings that are about to take place with Hilary Clinton, and of course, she is being questioned after the inauguration – another distraction. This is all very calculated – no coincidences.

    January 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Patrick

    I would have to say an organization (NRA) that supports our Second Amendment Constitutional right is just like the ACLU is for civil liberties. Sure the advertisement method they used might be in “BAD TASTE.” perhaps posting other information like, the amount of people dying from motor vehicle accidents in a year, and then talking about banning motor vehicles, because of the lives lost. But that would just be absurd for most people, and if you can relate to that being absurd, then you know how gun owners feel. The issue is not the tools humans use, the issue is humans.

    January 16, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Does this seem familiar? From the pages of Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse:"

    Yes, it sounds familiar...just not sane. Not only do you keep posting it, but it's the same type of paranoid delusional hallucinatory claptrap the NRA and gun nuts are always spewing in order to generate the fear that will help increase gun sales. Cooper literally believes and professes conspiracy idiocy like "the US gov't signed a treaty with extraterrestrials in 1954." He is eminently ignorable.

    January 16, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. plain&simple

    What's the big deal...buy your gun out in the open...that's what law abiding people do.

    January 16, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Neil MacDonnald

    As one Canadian said, if guns really did protect the lives of innocent people then the US would be the safest place on earth. Does the NRA really understand that simply statement?

    January 16, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. saneGunLover

    why do people on the right need to be polarized on an extremist position when it come to guns, why GOP is shooting itself on its feet, right now it appears to me that GOP is taken hostage by NRA. Give me one single reason why people should own AR15 and high capacity magazine?, the absence of either one of these two items could have saved a small Kids LIFE.. my heart goes out for them.

    January 16, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Singapore06

    The term "Shall not be infringed" means in plain language – the government shall not infringe on our rights to keep and bear arms. By the way, this is solidified in writing in our constitution which was written to prevent the federal government from overstepping its given authority. It is O.K. if you don't agree with this and therefore the legal and correct way to make change is to amend the Constitution but to do that it will require 2/3 of the House, 2/3 of the Senate and 3/4 of the States to ratify. Otherwise, who cares if 56% of the people support stricter gun laws – we are governed first and foremost by our constitution. Perhaps...just perhaps a few more people should read it first before calling people names so they understand why people get upset when a single entity of our government tries to rule by fiat and overturn an actual "right" that was actually given to us.

    January 16, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. American Citizen

    I just started following the gun debate. I have been reading some these comments and have determined that it seems that America is getting steered by the opinions of a few. I support the 2nd amendment and do not think that the majority of Americans want tighter gun restrictions. If you put your personal agendas aside and look at what happened in Newtown you would obviously see that tighter gun restrictions would not of made an impact or prevented what happened. So I dont understand the logic Biden and others are using. I feel that it is for show and personal agendas. I live in Texas and haven't met or know anyone that supports any gun reform.

    January 16, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Larry L

    @Uncle Sam

    Does this seem familiar? From the pages of Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse
    ================================================================================================ Isn't that the conspiracy theorist's Bible? A "how-to" book on paranoia? The "tin-foil-hat" cook book?

    How much of that information do the nut-cases think ISN'T available in this modern world of interconnected data?

    January 16, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Thom Jeffers

    Uncle Sam, I like your style despite what the riff raff says. Joe "Bite-Me" is a tool of the NWO which needs American dumbed down compliance to actualize. The theatrics with children, the 23 EO typicals and the pleadings to the sheeple are all to be expected from the "producers" of "The New Hope And Change America." I do not know how this guy won a legitimate re election because what I am seeing at the gun stores is telling me he is not representing the majority of Americans wishes. Guns of all types, ammunition of the common calibers and gun parts are all gone from the shelves, on back order and production is months behind schedule all over the whole country. Does this tell you that Americans are "torn" on the gun issue? Piers Moron aside, CNN you are still a liberal brainwash disgrace to journalism.

    January 17, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY


    Also, he's distracting the attention away from the Benghazi hearings that are about to take place with Hilary Clinton, and of course, she is being questioned after the inauguration – another distraction. This is all very calculated – no coincidences.

    yeah and he STILL won't release his college transcripts or REAL birth certificate...the faker. Will you get real? She's going to answer the questions so you and the rest of the stupid squad should take a seat and chill out. Get a real life for once

    January 17, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. Canuck

    @Uncle Sam
    " Biden just wants to disarm the American public so we do what he wants."

    Paranoid nonsense.

    January 17, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |