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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 Wednesday’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 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 Wednesday were based on recommendations made by a Biden-led task force.

The vice president acknowledged 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.

Getting Riehl January 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
It's about time we got serious about gun violence in this country. Sad that it took 20 dead first graders to pull it off.
Sarah Riccitelli January 16, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Amen to that!:)
Birchtree January 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM
This is Liberal feel-good legislation that will not prevent any mass killings in the future. The US does not enforce the gun laws that exist. Federal Law states that it is a felony for ex-felons to attempt to buy guns or ammo. There were NONE prosecuted for these violations. What a hypochrite. Where do the kids of the liberal elite (Obama's, Leslie Stahl, David Gregory) attend school in Wash DC? Sidwell Freinds, a school founded by Quakers; they have 11 armed security guards employed by the school and in addition the Obama kids have Secret Service protection. Did anyone bother to check that the last 14 mass shooters were prescribed "psycho" drugs; the Special Forces Servisman in Afghanistan that went on a rampage killing-Psycho drugs.
Birchtree January 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
This is Liberal feel-good legislation that will not prevent any mass killings in the future. The US does not enforce the gun laws that exist. Federal Law states that it is a felony for ex-felons to attempt to buy guns or ammo. There were NONE prosecuted for these violations. What a hypochrite. Where do the kids of the liberal elite (Obama's, Leslie Stahl, David Gregory) attend school in Wash DC? Sidwell Freinds, a school founded by Quakers; they have 11 armed security guards employed by the school and in addition the Obama kids have Secret Service protection. Did anyone bother to check that the last 14 mass shooters were prescribed "psycho" drugs; the Special Forces Servisman in Afghanistan that went on a rampage killing-Psycho drugs.
Chris Politano January 17, 2013 at 03:42 AM
These silly prohibitions always make it worse. America's favorite food is Red Herring.
crazy January 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Just because there are criminals, it doesn't mean I lose my rights. One cannot be elected to any public office without being a habitual liar. The polls are rigged to produce the desired results, if there even was a poll. There is so much mass deception going on, and sheeple have been so indoctrinated in the state training facilities and drugged into submission, that they believe everything fed to them by mainstream media. Who owns media? Do your research. Notice Obama didn't say he respects the 2nd Amendment as it pertains to protection from tyrannical government, which is the major reason for the clarification of the unalienable right. DHS just bought how many millions of rounds of hollow point ammo? Those rounds are illegal for use in war. They are for use against Americans. People need to start saying NO to "laws" passed by the U.S.A. There is no evidence they apply to anyone, and they are not in your best interest.
crazy January 17, 2013 at 05:04 PM
"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822
GT January 17, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Sure Richard, This will be the solution. This will cause change. Don't be ignorant. You or I could have walked into that elementary school and killed just as many small children with a knife. Guns are not the problem. People will always have the power to take life if they want to. The focus should be on working with people to prevent the urge to kill
crazy January 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Amen, brother! England's violent crime rate is off the chart. America is way down the list.
crazy January 17, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Actually, they would have had to let you and your knife in after video recognition and approval. Interesting how we don't see the video footage like we did at Columbine.
Marcina Motter January 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
"Birch" tree? As in Bircher? I remember them. Passe, now, having transfolrmed into "birthers", "truthers" "Tea&Koolaid Partiers" and others relentlessly promoting the triumph of ideology over reality.
jack January 18, 2013 at 04:30 PM
why are americans so quick to make compromises to their inalienable right to the 2nd ammendment? would they also consider compromises to their 1st ammendment?
crazy January 18, 2013 at 06:01 PM
http://www.naturalnews.com/038737_gun_control_homeowner_rescue.html

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