Originally posted on National Post | News:
Barack Obama’s prediction that his “common sense” gun control proposals would face a furious backlash have proved founded as Republicans rejected his plan outright, with one Texan congressman even comparing the president to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
On Wednesday, one month after the Newtown school massacre, Obama outlined his $500 million plan — almost tough by American standards, but far short of those in most other Western nations — to ban “military-style” assault rifles, put a 10-round limit on magazines and introduce criminal background checks on all gun purchases.
The White House’s push on gun control, hoping to politically capitalize while the tragedy of Newtown remains fresh in many American’s minds, still faces an uphill battle on Capital Hill. The House majority Republicans have rejected the plan outright and the Democratic-run Senate has hardly jumped whole-heartedly behind Obama.