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Obama's Gun Control Proposal: Are You One of the 70 Percent?

More Americans, including NRA members, favor stricter gun control measures, the president said Wednesday as he unveiled plans designed to decrease gun violence.

Thirty-three days after 20 first-graders and six staff members were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, President Barack Obama signed 23 executive orders calling for stricter gun control, and he pressured Congress to pass measures to curb gun violence.

Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and gun violence victims, the president told the nation as he spoke Wednesday in front of an audience gathered at the White House that keeping America’s children safe should be the nation’s first priority.

“We can’t put this off any longer,” he said of today’s actions designed to limit future mass shootings and gun violence.

Click here to read the full list of proposals.

The president conceded that no set of laws will prevent every tragedy, but said, “if there’s even one thing we can do … we have an obligation to try it.”

The president called on Congress to immediately pass legislation that would require universal background checks on anyone trying to buy a gun, saying that today nearly 40 percent of gun purchases are conducted without checks.

The president said 70 percent of National Rifle Association members want stricter background checks, and he called on the leadership of that organization to listen to its constituents. In his speech, the president criticized gun lobbyists for their allegiance to weapons’ manufacturers and not America’s children, saying the special interests are guilty of fear mongering.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll that reached 1,004 adults by telephone Jan. 10-14, nearly six in 10 Americans said they wanted stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows.

In his speech Wednesday, the president also called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons and place a 10-round limit on magazines. In an effort to rally Republicans, Obama said former President Ronald Reagan urged a military-style assault weapons ban in this country.

Such firearms are “weapons designed for the theater of war,” Obama said Wednesday.

Tougher punishment for those convicted of illegal gun sales was also called for by the president, as was putting more cops on the streets.

The president also said he is directing more money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on the causes of gun violence.

The president has taken heat from some–including the NRA–who say stricter gun control measures threaten to strip away rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment.

“Let me be perfectly clear,” the president said, explaining that he respects the 2nd Amendment as it pertains to hunting, sport, protection and collection, but guns should be kept out of the hands of dangerous people.

“We have a responsibility,” he said.

The president's orders today were based on recommendations made by a Biden-led task force.

The vice president acknowledged Wednesday that getting legislation through Congress will be a tough road ahead, but said the Sandy Hook shooting has changed the political landscape.

“We have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again,” Biden said.

Click here to see stories about gun control and last month's shooting on newtown.patch.com.

Libi Uremovic January 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
i think a simple insurance requirement would solve most of the problems...... let the people own all the weapons they can afford ... ...but if those that own weapons refuse to acknowledge a problem or pay for their costs to self and society then society has to control them.....that's life...
Mark January 17, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Insurance is a good idea. The same people who don't pay for their car insurance and the same people who drunk drive and the same people who lay around and do nothing are going to certainly sign up for gun insurance. These are the same people who pay for the renters insurance for their Pit Bulls or Rottweilers, German shepherds, and other aggressive breeds. If you want to stop the mass killings, implement good mental health controls. Family members and teachers know who these idiots are at a very young age. None of these mass killings have occurred from somebody who was mentally stable. Mental health cannot be discussed because it's not politically correct. And then of course the gang members are certainly going to get the insurance for their guns. Criminals will not care about the insurance. The mentally ill will not care about the insurance. Criminals won't care about marketing bullets. Mentally ill will not care about marking bullets. I do not know the solution to the problem of the mass killings, but I don't believe that Obama's suggestions are going to change anything for criminals.
Libi Uremovic January 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
yes, you liberal socialists are all for increasing federal spending for mental health and more security and more everything you can beg from the bottomless pit of federal money... they can pay for it with increased taxes on weapons ...no, not pushing the costs onto the tax payer ... when the mentally ill are no longer a problem in this country we can talk about lowering weapons restrictions..... ...but the problem is here and now... 40 years of brainwashing that 'marijuana is bad and pills & booze are good' isn't going to go away over night..... the chemicals in the body have done permanent damage.... this is the world you've created....40 years of lies.... you can have your weapons back when you repair the damage you've caused ....with your own money, not the tax payers' money.... walk the walk....big push to create the problems...let's see the big push to solve the problems ...without burdening the tax payer...
Mark January 18, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Me a liberal socialists? Libi-you do come up with some wild things. You are so far off-base I don't even know what to take the conversation.

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