Thursday, July 26, 2012

Obama Calls For Government Action On Guns In The Wake Of Colorado Shooting

Source Talking Points Memo

“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals —that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.”

Obama said it should be harder for some buyers to find guns legally.

“I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons. We should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller. Many mentally unbalanced individuals should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily,” he said. “These steps shouldn’t be controversial they should be common sense.”

“What I said in the wake of Tucson was that we were going to stay on this persistently. So we’ve been able to take some actions on our own, recognizing that it’s not always easy to get things through Congress these days,” Obama said.

He said his administration has been able to make background checks that precede a gun purchase “more through and more complete,” and said his administration has been in “the trenches” with local law enforcement and other groups to reduce gun violence in cities.

Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic, U.N. report says

Source: The Washington Post

The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia,which prepared the new report,said that it considered the use of drones in that country “a potential violation of the arms embargo” because the aircraft are “exclusively military” in nature.

In addition, the U.N. report presented evidence of two incidents in which aircraft believed to be drones nearly caused catastrophes.

The first occurred Nov. 13, when a small surveillance drone fitting the description of a Raven flew dangerously close to large fuel depots in Mogadishu kept by the United Nations and African Union. U.N. officials said it was unclear who was operating the drone.

The second incident happened Jan. 9, when a drone flying above Mogadishu nearly collided with a Boeing 737 transport plane carrying more than 100 African Union soldiers.