Obama Unveils $500M Gun Plan

And signs 23 executive orders

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 16, 2013 11:50 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama and Joe Biden laid out their gun control plan at the White House today, calling for a $500 million program in front of a number of children who had written the president asking that he tackle gun violence. Biden got the first word, boasting that his team had consulted 229 groups, from law enforcement to gun advocacy organizations, along with mayors, governors, and congressmembers, before making its recommendations. "The world has changed, and it's demanding action," he said.

Obama then took the podium to talk specifics. As expected, he called for universal background checks—which, he said, 70% of NRA members supported—and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which he noted that Ronald Reagan, too, had called for. But he predicted that they would still be hard to pass, that some people would soon be "publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty." He urged people, even in traditionally gun-friendly areas, to push legislators for change. "Ask them what's more important: Getting an A-grade from the gun lobby … or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade." He finished by signing what he said were 23 executive orders intended to immediately address the issue. The Brady campaign praised the plan, Politico notes, applauding the White House for "tremendous leadership."

Barack Obama delivers his gun control proposals with Joe Biden by his side in this screenshot from CNN's live feed.
Barack Obama delivers his gun control proposals with Joe Biden by his side in this screenshot from CNN's live feed.   (CNN)
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This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change. - Barack Obama

We have the right to worship freely and safely; that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peacefully; that right was denied shoppers in Placimus, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora. - Barack Obama

In the letter that Julia wrote me, she said 'I know that laws have to be passed by Congress, but I beg you to try very hard.' Julie, I will try very hard. - Barack Obama, referring to a letter sent to him by a young girl calling for action to prevent future shootings

They are common sense measures. They have the support of the majority of the American people. And yet, that doesn't mean any of this is going to be easy. - Barack Obama

I will put everything I've got into this, and so will Joe. But I'll tell ya, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it. - Barack Obama

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