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Obama Calls For Action On Weapons, Ammo

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  President Obama told reporters in Washington Wednesday the nation and its lawmakers need to act in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

“If there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try,” the president said.

Twenty students and six adults were killed Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed himself during the shooting rampage. Police said Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the home they shared before he went to Sandy Hook.

The president said, “The fact that this [violence] problem is complex, can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence, doesn’t mean that we can’t steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence.”

Obama said he asked Vice President Joe Biden “to lead an effort to include members of my Cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January, proposals that I then intend to push without delay. This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.

“This is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now,” Obama said.

Citing specific measures, the president said, “The good news is there’s already a growing consensus for us to build from. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips. A majority of Americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all.

“I urge the new Congress to hold votes on these measures next year in a timely manner.”

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  • NativeBlood

    Phase 1 of Agenda 21 is under way folks. No more Claymores and frags for Christmas!

  • CZ52

    obama’s true positions on gun control are becoming evident. He claims to want “reasonable” gun control. In my world reasonable gun control is; both hands on gun, aim, fire, hit target, repeat as necessary until threat is neutralized.

  • JON

    10 Terrifying Facts About Guns In The U.S.

    FACT #1: 31.5 Americans are killed with guns every day.

    FACT #2: 46,000 Americans will be killed with guns during President Obama’s second term in office — unles Washington acts.

    FACT #1: 31.5 Americans are killed with guns every day.

    FACT #2:46,000 Americans will be killed with guns during President Obama’s second term in office — unless Washington acts.

    FACT #3: Due to a legal loophole, approximately 40% of all U.S. guns are sold through private sellers who aren’t required to conduct a federal background check.

    FACT #4: In an undercover investigation of online gun sales, 62% of private gun sellers on the Internet agreed to sell a firearm to buyers who said they probably couldn’t pass a background check.

    FACT #5: A national survey of inmates found that nearly 80% of those who used a handgun in a crime acquired it from an unlicensed secondary-market seller.

    FACT #6: The federal penalty for trafficking guns without brandishing or discharging them is the same as the penalty for trafficking livestock.

    FACT #7: There have been 61 mass shootings in the U.S. since 1982. The killer used a legally obtained weapon in 49 of them.

    FACT #8: Among 23 high-income countries, the U.S. accounted for 80% of all firearm deaths.

    FACT #9: The firearm homicide rate in the U.S. is 19.5 times higher than in other high-income countries.

    FACT #10: 82% of gun owners (including 74% of NRA members) support requiring criminal background checks for anyone purchasing a gun

    Sources

    Kenneth D. Kochanek, Jiaquan Xu, Sherry L. Murphy, Arialdi M. Minino, and Hsiang-Ching Kung. “Deaths: Final Data for 2009.” National Vital Statistics Reports. Dec. 19, 2011.

    Christpher S. Koper. “Crime Gun Risk Factors: Buyer, Seller, Firearm, and Transaction Characteristics Associated with Gun Trafficking and Criminal Gun Use.” Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania. 2007.

    “Point, Click, Fire: An Investigation Of Illegal Online Gun Sales.” City of New York. December 2011.

    Caroline Wolf Harlow. “Firearm Use by Offenders.” U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. November 2001.

    Sam Stein. “Gun Owners Surveyed By Frank Luntz Express Broad Support For Gun Control Policies.” The Huffington Post. Jul. 24, 2012.

    U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 924(c)

    U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 2316

    Ezra Klein. “Twelve Facts About Guns and Mass Shootings in the United States.” The Washington Post. Dec. 14, 2012.

    Erin G. Richardson and David Hemenway. “Homicide, Suicide, and Unintentional Firearm Fatality: Comparing the United States With Other High Income Countries, 2003.” The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care. January 2011.

  • JimH

    fact- number of guns used in mass killing 12-14, one.
    number of guns in the U.S not involved in a crime 12-14, 80 million+.

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