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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President Obama Unveils His Plan To Curtail US Gun Violence

Now Is the Time.

President Obama unveiled his plan plan to curb gun U.S. violence. 
Speaking today from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), the president offered the following conditions: closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands; banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence; making schools safer; and increasing access to mental health services.



Highlights of this comprehensive plan include:

 Require criminal background checks for all gun sales.

 Take four executive actions to ensure information on dangerous

individuals is available to the background check system.

 Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.

 Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.

 Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.

 Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.

 End the freeze on gun violence research.

 Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school
counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.

 Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.

 Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.

Said the president, "While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love."


President Obama and Vice President Biden: America's new gun violence Task Force.

Vice President Joe Biden held meetings earlier this week with several groups in the gun industry as well as makers of video games including Activision Blizzard, Inc. Electronic Arts, E-Line Media Entertainment Software Association Entertainment, Software Ratings Board, Epic Games, Sesame Workshop, and Take-Two Interactive.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes the president’s stance on gun control sighting the recent event where a woman encountering a home invasion was able to thwart her assailant by shooting him with the family’s gun.

The assailant was later arrested.

The NRA used a PSA-style advertisement posing the question, "Are the Obama kids more important than yours?"

The ad further stated that, "Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security."

The White House called the ad 'cowardly' and 'repugnant'.


President Obama signing 23 Executive orders on gun control. Pictured are gun violence victims and those who wrote the president letters on the subject.
Still, events like the Newton Elementary School massacre aren't enough to stop gun shops from selling guns, or the American people, who believe and emphasize that their 'right to bare arms' Amendment is being trampled upon.

Attending today's event were children who have written the President about gun violence, along with their families; families of Newtown victims; representatives from a broad coalition of stakeholder groups including law enforcement, gun safety advocates, educators, sportsmen, health and philanthropic leaders; Cabinet and administration officials; members of Congress; and people that have used the White House’s We the People online petitions platform to speak out on reducing gun violence.  

"...if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try", said the president. 

Question:  Many may ask why didn't the 'trying' begin when African American communities across the nation were under seize.  Where was the task force, and executive meetings when little Black kids were under assault in their neighborhoods and schools?

Related
Gun Violence Fact Sheet
Executive Actions To Reduce Gun Violence
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