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President Obama Calls for Universal Background Checks—Your Thoughts?

In an address Wednesday morning, Obama also announced he would sign 23 executive orders related to gun control, public safety and mental health.

President Obama announced Wednesday he will ask Congress to pass legislation requiring universal background checks for anyone attempting to buy a gun, restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and limit magazines to 10 bullets. 

Obama also said he will sign 23 executive orders to enhance background checks, give mental health professionals more options for reporting threats of violence, and providing additional funds to schools to hire resource officers.

Repeatedly mentioning mass shootings in Newtown, CT; Clackamas, OR; and Aurora, CO, Obama said significant enhancements in gun control will come only if people from all parts of the country—including current gun owners—support the changes.

"We have to examine ourselves and our hearts, and ask ourselves, what is important?" he said. "This will not happen unless the American people demand it.”

More details on Obama's proposals can be found in the attached PDF or on a new White House website dedicated to the topic.

What do you think of the president's proposals? Tell us in the comments section.

Stephen Carbonaro January 22, 2013 at 07:24 AM
But they bragged about there being four times as many marching bands, and a much larger crowd. I could have been watching a coronation or a "Royal Wedding". It had the appearance of a psychological operation, if you will. The media makes it possible.
Tim January 22, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Yea, I skipped the King's coronation... I mean inauguration... didn't want to risk my food coming up.
Robert January 23, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I have a clean record, so I have nothing to fear when it comes to having a background check done on me so I say to the Feds, HAVE AT IT! I don't intend on buying a gun anytime too though, still, bring it on!
William Craun January 23, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Just like Fast & Furious?
Nadja Adolf January 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM
You know what is sad about this entire nonsense? No "assault weapon" was involved in the Newtown shooting; the killer left the "scary rifle" in the trunk of the car - and it was stolen from his mother whom he'd already murdered. None of the proposals would stop this - indeed, there was a big hullabaloo some months back about allegedly "lax gun laws" in Nevada after a spree killer shot up a restaurant in Carson City. It turns out he was a legally barred Californian who had obtained an illegal fully automatic weapon from criminals in California. Obviously, he knew he would fail a background check, and he also wanted a firearm that has been banned since the machine gun acts in the 1930s.

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