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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.

Ryan January 16, 2013 at 07:49 PM
These people need to get their facts strait. Like the fact that "assault rifles" account for an extremely small percentage of murders and the fact that most of these mass murders have occurred in gun-free zones.
Gary January 16, 2013 at 08:18 PM
You are pointing fingers at objects and not the root cause, people.They do not commit crimes, people do. How many people are killed in auto accidents every year? Compared to gun deaths by 1000 times. Do we outlaw cars now? New York / Chicago have some of the highest crime rates in the country. They also have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. The countries with the highest gun deaths, have full ban on guns. Guns are not the problem, people are. If someone wants to kill, they will always find a way. If there was a teacher at Sandy Hook who had a gun, the casualties may have been considerably less. If every law abiding citizen had a carry gun, the criminals may think twice about committing a crime.
Gary January 16, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Is everything stating guns are not the problem going to be flagged as inappropriate?
Gary January 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Are you scared of the truth?
Gary January 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Deal with the facts, not fabricated lies.
Jeanne Cobb January 16, 2013 at 08:47 PM
You should learn how to spell.
POODETWA January 17, 2013 at 02:24 AM
gary -- you are correct. we should be more concerned about the economy. when the economy is bad, people go nuts.
Ryan January 17, 2013 at 03:54 AM
I apologize Jeanne. I used the wrong form of one word. I forgot that you were perfect. It still does not change the fact that aditional gun control is not the answer.
Gary January 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I like the comment on new legislation about "stiffer penalties for gun trafficking on those who help put guns into the hands of criminals". Obama and Eric Holden got off scott free doing just that. Putting illegal guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartel. Research "Operation Fast and Furious". With the BATF they knowingly put these illegal guns in their hands. Then Obama played the "Executive Order" card to get the records sealed and the people involved off scott free. How did that happen? The problem starts at the top.
Andrew Ziemba January 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Oh you conspiracy theorists tee hee hee! Don't you know you can't believe everything you read on the internet? If you are looking for valid news you should be reading the newspaper or watching the news on TV! The internet is just a place where cult leaders like Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, and Lew Rockwell spread their racist, sexist hate speech! Gosh I wish we could just jail them all for hate speech right!? You are just mad because Obama won and your guy Romney lost! Sore loser! Tee hee hee! Obama is gonna do whatever he HAS to do to fix this country. He can do whatever he wants and if you disagree then you should go to jail too like all those terrorists! The constitution is just a little piece of paper! Obama can do whatever he wants and he will, you just wait and see! LoL don't even get me started on how much I love the NDAA for all those nasty conspiracy theorists and people who are hating on my bro Obama! I hope Obama takes all the guns away. He's cool with me just as long as I keep getting my $30k from him and $20k tax free under the table. Free healthcare woo hoo! (SW)
Andrew Ziemba January 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I think Obama and Dannel should learn that "Unconstitutional laws are not laws".
Gary January 17, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Andrew, It is people like you living off of hard working people and getting money "Under the table" and free health care that is bankrupting the country. You admitted it your self collecting money for nothing. By the way, Operation Fast and Furious is the truth. Research it. The truth hurts. You are right. Obama will try to do what ever he wants. It is called being a dictator. Not a government by the people, for the people. You should move to China or some other communist country. See if they give you money for doing nothing.
Gary January 17, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Andrew, It is people like you living off of hard working people and getting money "Under the table" and free health care that is bankrupting the country. You admitted it your self collecting money for nothing. By the way, Operation Fast and Furious is the truth. Research it. The truth hurts. You are right. Obama will try to do what ever he wants. It is called being a dictator. Not a government by the people, for the people. You should move to China or some other communist country. See if they give you money for doing nothing.
Andrew Ziemba January 17, 2013 at 01:18 PM
(SW) was included for a reason :)
Andrew Ziemba January 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM
While fast and furious is certainly a bad one, I think there should be a lot more attention directed at Obama's drone wars in the middle east where there is easily a sandy hook a few times a week performed by our own government, by choice, fully knowing exactly what they are doing.
noah goode January 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Gary, you're right. Of course, I'm assuming you are also including Regan, Oliver North and the Iran-Contra issue as well.
noah goode January 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Gary, I sense you paranoia is increasing. Why is it that you all (right wingers) default to a position that Obama is a dictator. uh....do you NOT remember Bush the 2nd and the Patriot Act. Talk about dictatorial powers. But then, so long as it doesn't affect white, christian amuricans I'm sure you're fine with it all
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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