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Obama Calls for Universal Background Checks, More School Cops—Your Thoughts?

In an address Wednesday morning, Obama also announced he would sign 23 executive orders related to gun control, public safety and mental health.

President Obama announced Wednesday he will ask Congress to pass legislation requiring universal background checks for anyone attempting to buy a gun, restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and limit magazines to seven bullets. 

What do you think of the president's proposals? Tell us in the comments section below.

Obama also said he will sign 23 executive orders to enhance background checks, give mental health professionals more options for reporting threats of violence, and providing additional funds to schools to hire 1,000 school resource officers.

He also called for training to help teachers identify the signs of mental illness, and research into any links between violent images in video games and media and in real life.

Repeatedly mentioning mass shootings in Newtown, Conn.; Clackamas, Ore.; and Aurora, Colo., Obama said significant enhancements in gun control will come only if people from all parts of the country—including current gun owners—support the changes.

"We have to examine ourselves and our hearts, and ask ourselves, what is important?" he said. "This will not happen unless the American people demand it.”

Locally, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Mateo) has commended both President Obama and Vice President Biden "for their swift action and common sense measures to reduce gun violence."

"As the President said, it is our first task as a society and our top responsibility as a nation to care for our children and to keep them safe," Yee said. "In California, we are prepared to do that by strengthening our state laws and eliminating loopholes in our assault weapon ban."

Yee’s SB 47 will prohibit the use of the bullet button and other devices that allow for easily changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons, such as AR-15s. Under SB 47, featured weapons would only be allowed to have low capacity (10-round) ammunition magazines that could not be changed without dissembling the weapon.

Essentially, bullets could only be loaded one-by-one from the top of the gun.

More details on Obama's proposals can be found in the attached PDF or on a new White House website dedicated to the topic.

Charles February 12, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Joyce Lee Malcolm: Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime had doubled. The results have not been what proponents of the act wanted. Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323777204578195470446855466.html
Charles February 12, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Worth the 12 minutes to see the gun control ban disassembled with facts here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRjxEAWwagc&feature=player_embedded
Charles February 12, 2013 at 04:03 AM
2/09/2013 Country with highest murder rate has low gun ownership rate (at least if you believe the silly Small Arms Survey) If you believe the left wing, pro-gun control, error filed Small Arms Survey, Honduras had a well below average gun ownership rate in 2007 but a murder rate of 82 per 100,000. That is about 17 times greater than the US rate that year. Canada recently got rid of its costly "long-gun" registry for rifles in part because the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Chiefs of Police could not provide a single example in which tracing was of more than peripheral importance in solving a gun murder.
Jeff R. February 12, 2013 at 05:34 AM
US gun death rate per 100,000 is 10.2. UK is .25. This according to Wikipedia. To deny there is a gun problem in this country is irrational.
Charles April 08, 2013 at 07:09 PM
PoliceOne.com Releases Survey of 15,000 Law Enforcement Professionals about U.S. Gun Control Policies March 2013 survey of police officers covered proposed legislation and attitudes about arming citizens SAN FRANCISCO – PoliceOne.com, the leading online resource for law enforcement, today released findings from a national survey of police professionals that provide insight into the opinions of American law enforcement regarding gun control policies and the root causes of and potential solutions to gun crime in the United States. The survey, which was conducted in early March 2013, received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals. It found that the overall attitude of law enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights, with the belief that an armed citizenry is effective in stopping crime. Response percentages varied only slightly when analyzed by rank and department size. http://www.policeone.com/corporate-profile/press-releases/6188461-PoliceOne-com-Releases-Survey-of-15-000-Law-Enforcement-Professionals-about-U-S-Gun-Control-Policies/

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