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