Obama unveils new gun law control

Barack Obama
Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

President Obama called for measure surrounding guns and violence, as stated during his announcement earlier today.

Obama, calling for stricter gun laws, placed Vice President Joe Biden to head a task force on gun control: this after the December 14 shooting in Newtown, Co.

“While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil,” Obama said at the announcement.

Obama has presented several proposals to curb gun control, including:

1. Background checks for every gun buyer in America

2. A ban on assault military style weapons

3. A ban on ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets

4. A federal firearm trafficking law

Obama acknowledged the difficult congressional fight ahead, where he urged support from the public.

“I will put everything I’ve got into this and so will Joe [Biden], but I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it,” he said.

Additionally he signed 23 executive orders, which bypasses congressional blockage.

Some of the orders include,

-clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit docoters asking thier patients about guns in their homes.

-A stricter procesccution of would-be gun buyers who fail background checks.

-New requiremtns for fedreal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

Some of Obama’s proposals have been met with public support, mainly background checks, others have been met with skepticism.

“We’re not going to get an outright ban” on assault weapons”, said Democrat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York.

While many gun owners have cried out against stricter laws, stating not to punish them for the acts of a few.

Only time will tell if these news executive orders and proposal will actually deter another public shooting.


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