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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(1121 comments)posted 3 years 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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2NoBS(2516 comments)posted 3 years ago

I think Obama is abusing his power of Executive Orders - shoving an unpopular personal agenda through despite the checks and balances of Congress is NOT what it was intended for. This is one man bypassing the very government he took an oath - twice - to uphold.

Why did the Republicans have to be such right-wing teabagging extremists? And why did they have to put unelectable Romney up as their man? They share the blame for Obama's being in office to pull this kind of crap - if they'd been more moderate and put forth a realistic candidate, we wouldn't be in this mess.

But now that we are - Obama had better watch out - this country is as close to being splintered as it was at the onset of the Civil War. And he's fanning the flames. He's going to leave a legacy, all right, and it won't be a very good one.

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3NilesOhio(927 comments)posted 3 years ago

Why do "changes" always equal spending more money?

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4walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 3 years 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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5redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years ago

Let's hope the populace wakes up sooner then later to this guy's BS. He thinks he's a king or something. There already states telling him to go pound salt on these so-called orders.

Waiter-sobchak We will never hear the truth of about Benghazi. The same as we will never hear truth the about SandyHook.shootings. either.

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6bumbob(145 comments)posted 3 years ago

And the looney right-wing comments are out in full force. How surprising.

The 23 executive orders are a good start, and I hope Congress passes an assault weapons ban coupled with stronger background checks. The NRA is a ridiculous organization and so is anyone that talks like them, including the people in this comments section.

A school full of children is massacred and still some Americans think that the President is unreasonsable in trying to restrict the use or possession of certain weapons? Ridiculous.

We've needed better measures on firearms for decades. This is long overdue.

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7Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years 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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8redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years ago

bumbob You are the perfect example on why this guy got re - elected . You will do say anything even if its not true just to look good . You are so much like OBAMMY it's sickening!! The only looney one to post on this blog is you. the liberal bleeding heart arsehole. Besides your post name says it all. You are a bum!!!!!!! May be you should go to youtube and check out the Sandyhook shooting theories that are posted there. Maybe they will enlighten you alittle.

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9LoveWins(35 comments)posted 3 years 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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10DwightK(1495 comments)posted 3 years 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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11Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years 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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12JoeFromHubbard(1657 comments)posted 3 years ago

More wasteful spending on another program destined to failure.

A knee jerk reaction to buy political capital at the expense of the American taxpayer.

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13redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years ago

To all posters , Why is it that when poster states he views he or she is crazy. Let's face it this is only the beginning for OBAMMY. He wants to ruin this country and we as the general populace are letting him do it right in front of our eyes. . I like shooting my 50 cal pistol . maybe you don't but does that make a bad guy. NO! But OBAMMY wants us to be unarmed .

Maybe you should all go to youtube.com and look at the report on the Sandy Hook school shootings that is posted there. There is alot of unanswered questions that the Gov't hasn't answered. Believe me , its interesting.

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14redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years ago

To all posters , Why is it that when poster statest their views he or she is crazy. Let's face it this is only the beginning for OBAMMY. He wants to ruin this country and we as the general populace are letting him do it right in front of our eyes. . I like shooting my 50 cal pistol . maybe you don't but does that make a bad guy. NO! But OBAMMY wants us to be unarmed .

Maybe you should all go to youtube.com and look at the report on the Sandy Hook school shootings that is posted there. There is alot of unanswered questions that the Gov't hasn't answered. Believe me , its interesting.

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15Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years 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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16redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years ago

YBR You should know that you get any survey to reflect what you want it to say. I myself feel that the majority are against what OBAMMY is doing. If not, why did a quarter of million new members join NRA since Dec 12th 2012 . Please explain !

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1776Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years 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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18HappyBob(355 comments)posted 3 years ago

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

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