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Obama Gun Control Proposals Draw Reaction

The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals Wednesday designed to curb gun violence. What's your take?

President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post.

According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s proposals include:

  • reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban,
  • restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines,
  • getting rid of armor-piercing bullets,
  • ending a freeze on research into gun violence,
  • providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
  • calling on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals".
  • Making schools safer by giving communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and school counselors.

Connecticut political reaction came quickly:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement:

“In the hours after the worst of our fears were confirmed, in the midst of the grief and sorrow over the loss of 20 innocent children and six dedicated educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was one question on the minds of people across Connecticut and around the nation: How do we make sure this never happens again? 

“Today the President took the critical first step toward answering that question.  The common sense measures he proposed today are something that we should all be able to agree on, and I want to commend him and the Vice President for their work on this issue.

“I have no doubt that, state by state, we will deal with the issue of gun violence.  Over the coming months, I will do everything in my power to make sure that Connecticut is a national leader in preventing gun violence.  We will take steps to make sure that our gun laws are as tight as they are reasonable, that our mental health system is accessible to those that need it, and that our law enforcement personnel have all the tools they need to protect public safety, particularly in our schools.

“But we can’t go it alone.  We need leadership at the federal level, and for the first time in a long time, we have it. 

“We will not be able to stop gun violence completely, but we can make our country and our children safer.  We owe it to them, and to all those lost in Sandy Hook, Aurora and every other city that has lost someone to gun violence, to try.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) released the following statement:

These are strong recommendations, and Congress should act on them now—before another mass tragedy occurs. If assault weapons and high capacity magazines were not so readily available, I am convinced there would be more little boys and girls alive in Newtown today. If background checks were universal, our city streets would be safer. There are no longer any excuses for inaction. If the horror of Sandy Hook doesn't move Congress to act on common sense gun laws, I have no idea what will. I’m so appreciative of the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden on this issue, especially their willingness to involve the Sandy Hook parents and families in this effort. Now, it’s time to get to work.

noah goode January 17, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Still haven't figured out what the issue is with drones. To me it means fewer American soldiers getting killed or injured. And *most* of those drone strikes are pretty damn surgical. Besides I don't see what that has to do with gun control here in the states. The best gun control is to hit whatever you aim at.
Peter Dinella January 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Facts below from FBI Stats. "In 2011, almost 13,000 people were murdered with a weapon. 1,700 were killed with knives. 728 were killed by another's bare hands. Hammers, bats, and clubs killed almost 500 people. Rifles killed 323 people. Just 2.5 percent of all weapon-related murders involved a rifle."
Gary January 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Noah. You cannot change the past or continue to think you can. The future is what we are concerned with. Why do you need to play the "racist" card? It has nothing to do with this issue. The facts are when a person in power makes decisions without the people's input being considered, he is a dictator. What do you think all the secret service guys, Obama surrounds himself with, are carrying? So it is o.k. for Obama to be protected by guns, but the average citizens, who do not have government funded guards, cannot? Really?
Fred January 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
We have heard much about the easy access to semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity ammunition drums, but hardly a whisper about the connection between mass murders or suicidal behavior and antidepressants. Reasons for the near silence on this topic can possibly be attributed to three major factors: first, the privacy or HIPAA laws about disclosing the medical history of suspects, secondly, that pharmaceutical companies are a major advertiser and thus indispensible to the corporate media and lastly, the conflict of interests created by the FDA’s dependence on their money.
Robert Kalechman January 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
It is sad that our recent elected Governor leaders and our reelected President have manage to turn neighbor against neighbor ,State against State region against region it is clear what the United State Constitution second amendment means it was written for the people not the hunters or those that may take over the federal government in my opinion it is a safe guard to protect the people from the Big Boys .How small and uncaring when people attack people over words on the radio the other day a person called the station and told one person to move out of the state of Connecticut if he or she wanted to buy or own a rifle or hand gun is this what the democratic leaders want what is their agenda funny but true most of the democratic congress with only one exception has never served in the united state armed forces and both our president and vice president has either .

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