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BREAKING: Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Published: Wed, January 16, 2013 @ 12:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without waiting for Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping $500 million program to curb gun violence, setting up a fight over universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Obama also used his presidential powers to issue 23 orders that don’t require congressional approval. The largely incremental executive steps include requiring federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a fulltime director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.

But the president, speaking at the White House, acknowledged the most effective actions must be taken by lawmakers.

“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act,” Obama said. “And Congress must act soon.”

Obama was flanked by children who wrote him letters about gun violence in the weeks following the Newtown shooting. Families of the 20 children killed in the massacre, as well as survivors, were also in the audience along with law enforcement officers and members of Congress.

“This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe,” Obama said. “This is how we will be judged.”

The president based his proposals on recommendations from an administration-wide task force led by Vice President Joe Biden.


1Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

23 orders that bypass congress. He reminds of putin or chavez. at what point does he go from president to a communist type leader? If this was bush they would be screaming for his head on a silver platter but the oblamer can do no wrong. We had healthcare required, food limits in schools, taking health care options away from military retirees and making the remaining choices too expensive hoping everyone opts for obamacare, wants a blank check with no limit to put us trillions more in debt. Strange how someone doesn't want guns but just signed a bill to give him lifelong secret service protection and I know his kids aren't going without armed guards I think this is just the beginning of the end for the United States. Soon we will just be china (East)

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2NilesOhio(723 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Why do "changes" always equal spending more money?

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3walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I wonder if the president will use some of that $500M and find out exactly what really happened in Benghazi to have four Americans killed.

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4Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

its not one persons place. it is the place of ALL our elected officials. When one person makes decisions that effect everyone its not a democracy, its a dictatorship. I could care less about the gun restrictions and a lot of them I agree with and I own guns. Why do we elect congressmen and representatives if "orders" are coming from the white house and not through the congress ? The only new thing here is the cross between mental health and background checks. It's the same laws we had on the books that didn't work at all. And ONE man dictating what we do, how we care for ourselves, how tax dollars are spent, what our children eat, As we become more dependent upon the government the government needs us less.

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5LoveWins(35 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Why, WHY are tougher background checks and a ban on high-powered assault weapons such a terrible thing?

You don't need a high power assault rifle to go deer hunting. End of story.

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6DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Hiring people and telling law enforcement agencies to enforce the law are hardly puts Obama in a class with Hugo Chavez. Lets have keep the rhetoric down during this conversation.

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7Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Love its not the ban its how he is going about it. Why do we have elected officials if the oblamer is doing what he wants without addressing congress of the house of representative? I do agree with the assault ban and the mental health link to background checks. I don't agree with the .22 pistol I have for plinking at the range being banned.

I know at times we have to tell our public employees to do their job. Your right chavez may have been wrong. Stalin better? Marx? lenin? Khrushchev? Maybe Castro? Shipping jobs overseas and employing people here for minimum wage. I read an article about Obama wanting the rest of the world in the same class as the united states. He cannot raise the poverty rate of the rest of the world but he has lowered the standard of living in the united states. Keep defending him as he takes our rights one by one. When we have mid term elections everyone write in oblamer for all elected offices.

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8theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I read the new plans where does it say they're comming to take your gun? Where does it say say a 22 is banned? Unless you have a mental problem Isn't that what the nra wants Even when he agrees with the nra they say he's wrong Using nra logic why can't I use a 50 cal MG or a RPG to hunt with Why can't I have a tank or a cannon if I say I'm only going to use it to hunt with besides if you want civil war you will need bigger guns etc correct. What jobs did the pres send overseas? and the repuc want to end min wage rules to pay people even less

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9Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I have a .22 pistol that is banned under the dictators decision it holds 11 rounds. Why do you have a car that does over 80MPH that's the highest speed limit in the country that I know of? Actually if you were to invade a country tanks aren't the problems its those foot soldiers with guns. Tanks aren't really good at killing the masses they are mostly for hard targets. Keep electing those demoncrats and see where this country is in 2016. Can you imagine a demoncrat house and senate? National debt would be out of control!! Its ok tho Oblamer is giving free money and cell phones to the masses. Wrench you are one of the demoncrats blind followers They will make everything ok. like all the new minimum jobs in the Youngstown area. Government entitlements out of hand. I went to the title bureau and watched people pull in the welfare office in their $50k cars wearing more gold then I make in a month and collecting their food stamps and welfare checks. And I am sure the thugs will now obtain their AKs and ARs through legal means. I like how everyone thinks oblamer is a normal type guy he spent what the entire city of Youngstown makes in 5 years for reelection. He spends weekends in Hawaii while everyone else worries about a budget. He's worth 12 million. 7 of the 10 richest politicians are demoncrats. you think they really give a rat behind about what the public wants or is it what they perceive that public wants?

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1076Ytown(1241 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Background checks, bans and limits won't keep guns from being used by criminals or mentally ill.

Illegal drugs, illegal aliens. How's that working for us?

23 orders. Buried deep is the mention of mental health issues and desensitization through violent video games and movies. This is where we need to start.

National Institute of Mental Health website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/public...
"Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.

Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.

Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.

Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders..

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11HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

What is Rep. Bill Johnson's position on this?

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