In an appearance on MSNBC”s Morning Joe on Thursday, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, talked about his proposal to allow people to carry guns on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers _ the amendment failed in the Senate on Wednesday _ and about the House hearings on Benghazi.
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Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, split Thursday morning on a vote to start debating on gun legislation.
Coburn was one of 16 Republican senators who voted to allow the Senate to debate the bill, while Inhofe voted with the majority of Republicans to block debate.
The motion to allow debate on the bill was approved 68 to 31, with all but two Democrats supporting it.
The Senate is expected to spend two weeks on the legislation, which would expand background checks for gun purchases and crack down on gun trafficking.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Wednesday that a compromise on background checks for gun purchases wouldn’t work. Coburn was part of the negotiations on expanded background checks but dropped out a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, Sens. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced that they had reached agreement on a background check proposal. Here is Coburn’s statement:
Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Manchin-Toomey Proposal
“The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan. The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens.…
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Six Oklahoma doctors, including two retired Air Force colonels, sent a letter to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, asking him to support universal background checks for gun purchases. Coburn has recently been involved in bipartisan talks with other senators on the issue.
The letter is here:
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Here are the full statements from Oklahoma members of Congress regarding President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee: “The president is right to examine what can be done to prevent tragedies such as Sandy Hook from occurring again. I commend his effort and look forward to working with him on areas of agreement while we continue to honestly debate areas of disagreement. For instance, the president is right to take steps to strengthen mental health databases and reporting to the NICS system so we can ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals or those who are a threat to themselves or others.…
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An outline of President Barack Obama’s proposals on guns can be found here.…
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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT
ON GUN VIOLENCE
South Court Auditorium
11:52 A.M. EST
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today.…
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Statement from the National Rifle Association of America In Response to President Obama’s Gun Control Proposals
Fairfax, Va. – Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.
The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.…
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January 16, 2013
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Tracing of Firearms in Connection with Criminal Investigations
Reducing violent crime, and gun-related crime in particular, is a top priority of my Administration. A key component of this effort is ensuring that law enforcement agencies at all levels — Federal, State, and local — utilize those tools that have proven most effective. One such tool is firearms tracing, which significantly assists law enforcement in reconstructing the transfer and movement of seized or recovered firearms.…
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For Immediate Release January 16, 2013
January 16, 2013
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
SUBJECT: Engaging in Public Health Research on the Causes and Prevention of Gun Violence
In addition to being a law enforcement challenge, gun violence is also a serious public health issue that affects thousands of individuals, families, and communities across the Nation. Each year in the United States there are approximately 30,000 firearm-related deaths, and approximately 11,000 of those deaths result from homicides.…
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