Obama announces sweeping proposals to curb gun violence

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obama-1231-t1-mainWASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday unveiled a broad array of executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence, including a new push to ban assault weapons, impose a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, and expand background checks for gun purchasers.

At a White House event, the president began to outline 23 separate actions he can take unilaterally, including authorizing research on gun violence and nominating a full-time director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The president will call on Congress to swiftly pass a series of proposals that would, among other things, go beyond closing the gun show loophole that exempts some sellers from running criminal background checks, and enact stiffer penalties for gun traffickers.

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  • donald

    My first question when I see the word sweeping and in the column a broad array of proposals is this so what's it REALLY saying? what are all these proposals saying but not being direct about?

  • daddyfatsac206

    We must act swiftly on this… Quick sign it before anybody has a chance to review the loopholes where we take law-abiding citizens guns! Give me a break! Mr. President… why shouldn’t Americans have guns? You put them in our enemy’s hands & spend our tax dollars and military to teach them how to use them against us. This will put us one step closer to anarchy! Farther down the road when Americans will not hand over their firearms… what happens then?? Shut off bank accounts… working towards a one world currency? Smells like 666 mark of the Beast Revelations! Or it’s possible that I have been brainwashed with paranoid gun lovin’ delusional propaganda? I have one other question… where can I trade my firearms in for my familys tickets to the concentration camp?

    • Gun owner

      That's exactly what Obama wants. A good book to read about him is called the roots of Obamas rage. He wants to be a dictator not a President. He is letting our dollar become extinct. I am still in shock he won another term. But he is a good liar, will give him credit where it's due. I'm not handing my guns over, and if they try Americans are just going to turn against the government. Like everyone predicted we will have another war and it will be called world war 3.

  • Charles Whitman

    Hold your fire. NRA paranoid conspiracy theories are not a good thing to base your decision making on. Many people live their whole life without carrying guns and do just fine. If you're a criminal, maybe you need guns.

  • casey

    Banning any type of firearm based on the way it looks is ridiculous. they had this same ban in 1994 and guess what it didn't do anything why waste tax dollars trying to use a failed system, the money can be used in a much more useful way like schools or science grants. This is one of the most disappointing things about Washington most people are anti gun but i've found that 90% of them have no education on the subject and assume that people that own guns are bad but in fact its completely the opposite most gun owns are responsible people.

  • Meghan

    Ironic that he calls for this when during his first term he allowed drug cartels to abscond with these same weapon types. What knee jerk reaction. I hope he chokes on a fat dick

  • Katie

    Even if you don't want guns in your home you should be paying attention, this isn't just about guns. This is about President Obama making sweeping unilateral decisions regarding our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. If you let them take one "right" away with out question what's next? It's a slippery slope….he is like a kid in a candy store let him take one piece of candy and he will ask for more. What happens when he gets to a freedom you aren't willing to give up?