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Are You In Favor of President Obama's Proposed Gun Laws?

President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."

Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws.

These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles.

"If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," the president said.

Obama listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other measures, including helping schools hire more resource officers and making sure mental health professionals have the tools they need. He suggested Congress should fund research into the link between gun violence and violent video games.

Assault rifle bans and universal background checks made up the core of his proposal. A full list of the proposals was published by CNN and can be viewed here.

The advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise issued a statement applauding the president's approach. As it has said before, though, including at its press conference Monday, change can't stop at new legislation. The statement came from one of the group's co-founder, Tim Makris, a Sandy Hook Elementary School parent.

However, not everybody was supportive of the measures, with the conservative group FreedomWatch announcing it is suing the White House task force that led to the gun control proposals offered by the president.

The suit alleges the White House group conducted illegal meetings with lobbyists without the required public notice. The suit was filed in Florida federal court seeking to eliminate the task force and prevent any of its proposals from becoming law, The Hill reports.

Others were critical of the president using children as "props," drawing comparisons to the children Hitler surrounded himself with when attempting to sway public opinion.

Although the National Rifle Association released a controversial ad asking why the president's children should get armed security while others had to be schooled in "gun free" zones, the organization took a softer tone in a statement released following the president's press conference. The full statement by the NRA released Wednesday reads:

Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership.  Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.
The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.  We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.
Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.  Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.

What is your opinion of the president's proposals? A step in the right direction to fix the problems of gun violence in our country? Or way too far — an overstep of his authority?

marvin mann January 19, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I am looking at two books that were recently issued by ATF entitled ATF State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms 2010 - 2011 31st edition and ATF Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2005, 497 pages and 240 pages respectively. Point is are there not enough laws already on the books? I was a City Councilman in Danbury Ct. I also had a CC permit there. I can tell you that they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Background check, safe gun courses, vouchers, fingerprints sent to the FBI, local applications. But if you have a mental issue, there is no place on the application where that question is asked. If you have to deal with a person with a mental issue, their rights are so well protected that until they do something that gets them in trouble you cannot take any protective action. Ergo, the mother of the Sandy Hook mass murderer tried to have him committed for treatment weeks before this tragedy took place.
Wei Li January 20, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Reading the comments reminded me of two things: the sight of cats chasing evasive balls of light, and a quote by Voltaire, whose wisdom rings true to this day. “Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others to persecute those who do reason.” ~ Voltaire
Timothy I Mullins January 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM
When a person is hit and killed by a car, we charge driver with vehicular homicide, but we don't blame the car so why are we blaming the gun when somebody is killed with one. If you look up weapons used in homicide you will find baseball bats, butcher knifes, and your own hands and feet. so far I haven't herd of any one wanting to ban hands, just think if would ban hands no one could pull a trigger or run you down with a car. In Chicago each year some 500 juveniles die most of gun shot wounds and this is in a town with a total ban of all guns inside the city limits. Clinton tried this assault weapon ban from 1994 to 2004 and 3 separate studies were done and they all said the same thing the ban did more harm than good and now Obama wants to repeat Clintons mistake. If they need to do something make it a card like a license to allow a person to buy a gun after a complete back ground check, similar to a concealed weapon permit. Gun owners are for a law that works, but we haven't seen one yet. Gun do a lot of good you never hear of, and no one has said anything about how many would be out of a job. One gripe I have is would somebody look up the definition of a assault weapon, it states selective fire and none of these guns were selective fire, that's for the military. thank you Tim
K Wade January 20, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Impeachment? Spare your family the embarrassment and post with an alias.
Wei Li January 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM
High Crimes and Misdemeanors specialoperationsspeaks dot .com/petition/benghazigate-petition

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