Obama Gun Proposal: Ban Assault Weapons, Require Background Checks for All Guns

President Obama spoke to the nation this morning about his proposal to reduce gun violence; recommends background check for all gun purchases, assault weapons ban.

President Barack Obama spoke to the nation this morning and presented a proposal to reduce gun violence.

We'll provide a link to the full video when one is posted.

"I will put everything I've got into this and so will Joe [Biden]," Obama said in his closing remarks today.

Of particular note in his proposal, Obama called for the following:

  • Reinstate lapsed ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
  • Requiring background checks on all gun purchases.
  • Ban armor piercing ammunition.
  • Called on Congress to confirm a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • Improve access to mental health services and provide information to mental health professionals who want to report threats of violence.
  • Provide incentives for schools to hire resource officers, should they choose to, to step up school security.

Did you see the president's address this morning? Tell us what you thought in comments below. Do Obama's recommendations seem like a common sense approach to you, or are you concerned about the rights of gun owners?


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—Patch editor Matt Hendrickson wrote this article

Ronnie Resident January 18, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Bob- Typical attorney liberal to call others stupid when they disagree with you view of how Bob thinks things should go. I guess we are "nuts" for wanting our rights provided by the constitution. You can't pick and choose what rights appply. Hammers have uses as tools well as guns have uses such as home defense, hunting and sport shooting and they are tools just the same. I hope the day never comes as it has in other areas of our nation when natural disaster strikes and 911 is not availible and the looters are breaking in to your home. I just spoke to a business contact in NJ who defended his home from a group of 5 looters looking to break in to his occupied home because the power was out and no police or fire were availible and they thought it was easy pickings. Thank god he had his home defense weapon and was able to turn them away. The media heard his story but some how it never made the air...I don't think you have the slightest clue as to how quickly our civilization would fall in to crisis with out power and this could easily happen here. Go ahead and think the goverment is going to be a calll away in Bob land to bail you out. I would prefer to exercise my rights to be able to protect my family that I fought for as a vetern and not be a victim. I hope this day never comes, but many shall flock to the shepards if the wolves come and I would rather be a shepard than a sheep.
Darnell Jackson January 21, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Darnell Jackson January 21, 2013 at 07:55 AM
This shit is all retared as hell. Guns don't kill, people do. Damn my ass itches!!!
Darnell Jackson January 21, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Stop bitching about this bs. Grab a coke, fuck a hoe and live your life like me. Stupid asses, I fuckin swear.
carrie esposito 7405 richmond January 22, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Teach your children about the dangers of gun. Keep guns locked up and out of reach of children.


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