President Obama Unveils Sweeping Gun Control Plan
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, President Barack Obama has taken several measures, including creating a panel led by Vice President Biden, and today, sharing his goals for increased gun control:
- Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands- Banning militar-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence- Making schools safer with more officers, counselors, and better emergency plans- Increasing access to mental health services- Ending the freeze on gun violence research
These proposals will require congressional approval; which is clearly going to be quite an uphill battle.
Therefore, President Obama will be taking 23 executive actions as well:
Because these recommendations require congressional approval, the administration is supplementing its proposal with 23 executive actions that will be taken immediately, according to the White House. Those actions include requiring federal agencies to hand over relevant data for a background check system; providing law enforcement officials, first responders and school officials with better training for active shooting situations; directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence; and many more.
“I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” said the president, speaking about his full set of recommendations. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
What do you think?
Will these efforts end violence in our schools and decrease them in our communities?
What would you like to see happen?
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