March 17, 2023
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
In California community hit by mass shooting, Joe Biden touts initiative to curb gun violence
President Joe Biden announced an executive order aimed at curbing the kind of mass gun violence the nation has experienced during the first few months of the year.
The president discussed the executive order in more detail in Monterey Park, Calif., a community mourning the 11 people killed and nine others injured by a gunman who opened fire at a dance studio during Lunar New Year festivities on Jan. 21.
"A day of festivity and light turned into a day of fear and darkness," Biden said. "A holiday of hope and possibilities marked by horror and pain. Vibrant dances and music replaced by vigils and memorials. Eleven souls taken. Nine injured. Private mourning made public."
In June, Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which has been described as the most significant bill directed at curbing gun violence to be enacted in three decades. Tuesday's executive order adds measures to be taken, including a requirement for businesses that sell firearms to become federally licensed to increase compliance with background checks.
The executive order also increases scrutiny for federally licensed firearm dealers who have had violations or had their licenses revoked. Biden said Attorney General Merrick Garland is directed to take "every lawful action possible" to move closer to universal background checks without new legislation.
"I just -- it's just common sense to check whether someone is a felon, a domestic abuser, before they buy a gun," Biden said.
It also includes measures that will increase the effectiveness of extreme risk protection orders, or so-called red flag laws, strengthen efforts to hold the gun industry accountable for incidents, and ramp up the ability of law enforcement to identify and apprehend shooters.
The president said he still has his eyes on banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
"I led that fight in -- to ban them in 1994. In the 10 years that law was in place, mass shootings went down," Biden said. "Our Republicans friends let it expire, and it -- and 10 years later, and mass shootings tripled since then. Tripled. So let's finish the job. Ban assault weapons. Ban them again. Do it now. Enough. Do something. Do something big."
Biden has repeatedly called for gun law reform and campaigned on ushering in such measures, including regulating possession of existing assault weapons and closing loopholes in the federal background check system.
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Ruger SP101 .357 Snub Nose
I've been a little obsessed with snub nose revolvers lately because I have been looking for the ideal concealed carry piece for myself. My favorite handgun is my Smith & Wesson .357, because when I load it with .38s the accuracy I get from the weight of a .357 model allows me to drill holes at 15 feet all day long, and I'm hoping this advantage will translate into a snub nose model.
Ruger's SP101 has more in common with the old school police guns than with the modern featherweight alternatives. At 25 ounces the SP101 is chunky and heavy, making it less than ideal for concealed carry. Still, whether running .357s or .38s the solid construction will handle the recoil, while the 2.25-inch barrel and 5-shot capacity makes it much more concealable than 4 or 6-inch barrel counterparts. And, of course, the advantage of clearing an ammunition-induced stoppage with a revolver is as simple as pulling the trigger again.
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.357 Magnum Snubnose vs 9mm
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