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What Do You Think of the Sweeping Gun Laws the President Proposed Wednesday?

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," Obama said.

He 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?

Karsten Torch January 22, 2013 at 01:04 AM
There you go GGY, putting words in my mouth. Again. Wish you wouldn't do that. (That's sarcasm, by the way.) I never said I hate the government. I believe they have a purpose, but that purpose is outlined in the Constitution, and they have seriously expanded outside that purpose. Oh, and feel free to correct me on the 2nd. Maybe I need to learn from somebody more knowledgable.
Good Grief Y'all January 22, 2013 at 01:07 AM
How have you stayed out of jail, or have you? Good night, Karsten. You make me weary. And sad.
Karsten Torch January 22, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Never been in jail. Truth is, I follow laws, but not because I think all of them are right. I just figure most consequences aren't worth the risk. I think prostitution is the dumbest laws on the planet, but I wouldn't use one or become one. Not because of the consequences, but I just don't have the urge. Same thing with Sunday alcohol sales. I don't drink, but not my job or business to say when you can or can't buy something that is perfectly legal. And therein lie my problems with government. They like to put their nose where it doesn't belong. Victimless crimes shouldn't be crimes. This is also where I vary from many of my compatriots. Drugs should be legal. The problems arise because they are illegal. Gay people should be able to get married. Again, not because I agree with their lifestyle (even if I did, it doesn't matter), but because it's none of my business. I don't feel it's the government's job to protect us. Neither do they, according to many court cases. And as such, I don't feel it's the government's job to limit our rights and freedoms, either. Basically, what it comes down to, is my rights end where yours begin. Pretty much that simple....
Brian Crawford January 27, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Just for the record, The Sidwell Friends School that the Obama girls attend does not employee armed guards. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/4-pinocchios-for-a-slashing-nra-ad-on-security-at-sidwell-friends-school/2013/01/16/95b2127a-6032-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_blog.html

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