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Obama Unveils $500M Gun Package

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about proposals to reduce gun violence today in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. The package includes a call on Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazine and it would close loopholes in the gun sale background check system. Obama also is signing 23 executive actions — which require no congressional approval — including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violence/Associated Press. More here.

Question: You be the president. What would you do re: guns in face of the ongoing mass shootings haunting this country?


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