Obama outlines gun control plan

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have just spelled out their proposals for more gun control, following a year of several deadly shooting sprees in the United States.

The president is calling for universal background checks for all gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and a 10-round limit on ammunition clips.

He’s also asking for more funding to help treat mental illness and provide schools with support to enhance their safety.

The proposals were prompted by last month’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as shootings in Colorado and Oregon.

The president then signed 23 executive orders dealing with guns, including funding more research into the causes of gun violence.He’s calling on Congress to pass the most controversial gun control measures.

Here, according to the White House, are what the 23 executive actions will do, without congressional approval:

1. “Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.”

2. “Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.”

3. “Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.”

4. “Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.”

5. “Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.”

6. “Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. “Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.”

8. “Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).”

9. “Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.”

10. “Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.”

11. “Nominate an ATF director.”

12. “Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.”

13. “Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.”

14. “Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”

15. “Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.”

16. “Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.”

17. “Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.”

18. “Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.”

19. “Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.”

20. “Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.”

21. “Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.”

22. “Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.”

23. “Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.”

Opponents led by the National Rifle Association promise to fight any measures they say will violate the constitutional right to bear arms.

The CNN Wire Service contributed to this report.

7 comments

  • IGOPOGO

    This looks like a lot of hot air and flummery, with encouragements to get even more governmental snooping into people's lives.

    For Chicago, 2012 murder rate – 506, 400 of these (or 80%) were gang-bangers killing other gang-bangers. That leaves, just 100 murders for the rest of Chicago. Of these, only 25 victims were white, 16 were Hispanic and 59 were black. It is in this group of people that we find all the kids killed by stray bullets (by gang-bangers – who else?). Now, a murder rate of 100 for a city of 3 million is not a bad statistic. It is reasonable to state that if a person stays out of black neighborhoods on the West and South Side, they should have little or no fear of violent crime visiting or living in Chicago.

    These Chicago Statistics play out in every large city across the country. CLEARLY, if people were dealing in reality on this subject and SINCERELY looking for solutions, It would be these communities with utterly abnormal murder rates that would get the scrutiny and people SINCERELY concerned with crime would NOT TRY AND IMPUGN AND INSULT THE CHARACTER OF THE WHOLE NATION BY CITING THE AMORAL ACTS OF MISCREANTS IN THESE FAILED COMMUNITIES AS A FALSE NORM!

    • Joymar

      Regardless of their skin not one person should be killed by a stray bullet. Regardless of skin color not one person should live in fear of living in their neighborhood and possibly being hit by a stray bullet. But, if you want to support miscreants, do so…..but let any killings be on your soul!

  • jeff

    yet now my one mistake im thrown in as a dangerous person…….. really the mistake is our goverment blaming the good people while the bad sit and snicker at you…. as they get away with it this country is heading in the wrong direction fast. i just pray to God i can defend my family when this country collapses

  • Marley from Chicago

    I own a gun and know people that have owned guns for years. Neither I or those people have any felonies or any issues dealing with weapons. I live on the southside of chicago and do not fear my safety even though there is violence. The problems that the President is trying to address is that the people who are menatlly unstable or ill that have been purchasing guns should have been checked out and denied. Repeat felons who shows no signs of improvement of their lives should be denied. Though in some cases people that have criminal past that are good people will be denied.

    The biggest issue isnt the BLACK COMMUNITY but is focusing on the innocent lives of CHILDREN, MOTHERS, FATHERS, GRANDPARENTS, that are being taken away by suicidal or homicidal persons. SANDY HOOK did not happen in a BLACK community nor did the theater shootings. So race isnt the issue here @IGOPOGO but that people that seem like they shouldnt have guns shouldnt have guns. People that are deemed responsible and do not reflect anything otherwise should be aloowed to own or purchase them.

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