By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — President Obama today called for sweeping new gun laws in the United States (see related story), setting the stage for what may become the most sweeping political battle over gun control in decades.
Many of the president’s proposals require the kind of bipartisanship in Congress that he has been unable to get on any issue so far, and it’s not clear that his gun control proposals will fare any better.
Even as members of the Philadelphia delegation were poring over the president’s 23 executive orders, one person who instantly hailed the president’s package was Congressman Chaka Fattah.
“There’s no other country on the face of this earth that has this kind of prevalence of violence with guns, and we have to do something about it,” Fattah (D-Pa.) said today.
Admittedly, Fattah is clearly what the president referred to as a “usual suspect” in favor of limits on gun commerce.
Listen to the entire Obama/Biden statement in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 24:26)…