Obama Unveils $500M Gun Plan
And signs 23 executive orders
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 16, 2013 11:50 AM CST
Barack Obama delivers his gun control proposals with Joe Biden by his side in this screenshot from CNN's live feed.   (CNN)

(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."

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oldfarmer
Feb 22, 2013 1:38 PM CST
Dear conformist government controlled sheep; Your feel good control measures will do nothing to stop guns violence. A limit clip amount. You can drop and pop in a clip a second, if you don’t have 30 rounds carry three ten-round clips Registration. Are you kidding? How do you think that stops anyone? This is nothing more than a make the sheep feel better law. Spend sometime locked up in your local jail and listen to what the people there feel about you and your ignorant laws. That do not pertain to them at all. Many of them make Jail and prison there second home. Where they spend quality time with friends and family members. This is a society problem not gun problem. Parents that no longer parent. Dumping your child into daycare so you can. Have. This Is not parenting. Your responsible and we hold you accountable for there actions Punishment is yours not there’s. Hate lobbyists that have taken away freedoms Words that are now Hate crimes. Actions that are now Hate crimes. Your actions are not beneficial to society as a whole. Only an ego trip for you. You are responsible. We hold you accountable. Did I hurt your feelings? Good. Time to use common sense and common sense law. Not all of us are conformist sheep. We can think on our own.
Scott603
Jan 18, 2013 5:21 PM CST
I'm a liberal and I want a lot of gun control. I actually don't really care about gun control, I just want to piss off my Republican friends.
qa_rocks
Jan 17, 2013 1:46 AM CST
To all the gun supporters and obama haters, you are a disgrace to humanity. No-one needs any type of automatic weapon for any reason outside of the military. You do not need high capacity magazines for any reason. To complain about spending money on gun laws, and gun laws themselves - which are in the best interest of humanity is disgusting.