CNN's Jim Acosta reports on a little-known measure in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that restricts doctors from collecting data about their patients’ gun use. The provision is entitled "Protection of Second Amendment Rights" and the language was pushed by the National Rifle Association.
It was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who included it in the health care bill. One Democratic source says it was a way to appease the powerful gun lobby and was seen as a "benign way to make sure the NRA didn't get involved."
Reid has a history of supporting second amendment rights and courting gun owners in his home state, Nevada. The Senator's staff told Acosta that his views on gun control are changing and differ from his beliefs when the legislation was passed.
On the second anniversary of her daughter’s death, Roxanna Green is honoring the young girl’s memory by fighting for gun regulation. At 9-years-old, Christina-Taylor was the youngest victim to die in the mass shooting rampage that also injured former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Today Green appeared in an ad for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, addressing lawmakers and asking, “When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?” She speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, relating the tragedy to her own experience as a mother who lost a child because of a deranged gunman.
Green and her husband believe in second amendment rights and own guns. What they want is stricter rules for background checks and a ban on “assault military-style weapons,” and “big capacity magazines.”
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