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President Obama Announces New Measures to Prevent Gun Violence

President Obama Announces New Measures to Prevent Gun Violence
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, signs executive orders initiating 23 separate executive actions, after delivering remarks to unveil new gun control proposals as part of the Administration’s response to the Newtown, Conn. shootings, and other tragedies, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Jan. 16, 2013. Joining them on stage are children from around the country who wrote the President letters in the wake of the Newtown tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, and their parents. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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January 16, 2013, 2:49pm

President Obama today announced a series of sweeping reforms that will help curb gun violence in our nation.

In front of a crowd that included victims of gun violence, families who lost loved ones to gun violence, elected officials, and school children who had written letters asking him to do something to prevent more senseless massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the President introduced a comprehensive proposal that will make it easier to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and will give law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community the tools they need to help reduce gun violence, and keep our children safe.

“This is our first task as a society,” the President said. “This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”

These actions are the result of the effort led by Vice President Joe Biden and members of the Cabinet to come up with concrete steps that we can take right now to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country.

The President acknowledged that implementing some of these changes will be difficult, but vowed to make it a priority: “I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality. Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence -- if even one life can be saved -- we have an obligation to try.”

While President Obama will sign 23 Executive Actions today that will help keep our kids safe, he was clear that he cannot and should not act alone: The most important changes depend on Congressional action. The President is calling on lawmakers to pass some specific proposals, including the elimination of all loopholes and require a universal background check on anyone trying to buy a gun, restoring the ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines, and creating tougher penalties on people who buy guns with the express purpose of reselling them to criminals.

President Obama also affirmed his belief that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms, and stressed that, like most Americans, he believes that we all have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure guns are used safely:

" I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. I believe most of them agree that if America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. That’s what these reforms are designed to do. They’re common-sense measures. They have the support of the majority of the American people."


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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 22, 2013 8:25am
I'm just the messenger...if you have a problem with the numbers you'll have to go elsewhere...bottom line is that we have an administration that apparently doesn't care to control spending...he's mostly concerned about raising ... More ›

January 22, 2013 6:59am
4th...At the end of Clinton presidency, the per capita amount of the National Debt was $20,067.00. At the end of the Bush presidency, the per capita debt has increased to $35,153.00 or about $15,000.00. As of 31 December 2012, ... More ›

January 22, 2013 3:45am
4th...Have you ever been in the salvage business ? :)

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 21, 2013 10:09pm
Well, actually the numbers may be didn't exactly say anything about the TOTAL debt only that O has added $50000/household in debt which is more than all the previous presidents combined. one would have to know a ... More ›

January 21, 2013 6:00pm
Yeah, I have heard that too, but knowing the figures, I just discounted that as one more talking head trying to make a point by inflating numbers. Sorta like the homeless advocates. Both sides of the spectrum are guilty ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 21, 2013 5:54pm
Just repeated what I heard on the news today...

January 21, 2013 4:48pm
4th.....Aren't you inflating a bit when you state that Obama has increased the debt more than all the presidents before him combined. I think that the debt was 5.7 trillion when Bush entered office and 10.7 trillion when ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 21, 2013 3:11pm
This should be a day of hope and looking forward, but all I feel is After 4 years, the unemployment rate is exactly the same as the first daay of O's inaugural, $50000 per household in debt has been added (greater than ALL ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 21, 2013 8:46am
O threw his Grandmother under the bus! He also threw his long time "mentor" Rev Wright under the bus. I suspect MLK would have very little in common with O. Never heard O mention anything about MLK unless he was ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 21, 2013 8:41am
Cesar Chavez, Never! He wasn't a patriot, he wss a far left wing liberal Communist. And, EVERYONE knows Pancho Villa wasn't American. You missed the whole point, DUH!

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