President Obama Signs Executive Orders on Gun-Control
A day after New York State passed the stiffest gun-control regulations in the country, President Obama has signed an executive order to curb gun violence.
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Barack Obama said that they needed to do something about gun-control. He has done just that by signing 23 executive orders to implement more gun safety in the country.
He revealed his plans on gun-control, which will include more extensive background checks, a ban on assault weapons (much like the country had before), the banning of high capacity magazines, and more federal aid for school that would include the hiring of additional resource officers and psychologists.
In a White House event, Obama signed 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. He said Congress must also act. Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation on universal background checks for gun purchases. He called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips. The President was joined by children who wrote letters to him about gun violence.
The President called gun violence an epidemic in the U.S. He argued that sensible gun regulations can be approved without violating constitutional protections on gun ownership. Vice President Joe Biden, who chaired a White House task force on gun safety, opened the event and called the Newtown tragedy "senseless." He stressed that the U.S. government has a moral obligation to do everything possible to reduce gun violence. President Obama called on parents, law enforcement officers and community leaders to pressure Congress to approve his legislative proposals.