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Obama Gun Proposal: Background Checks for All Gun Purchases

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

Click here to view video of the president's proposal, or click on the video accompanying this article.

"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?

oswegoannie January 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Nothing wrong with a universal background check - it may help keep weapons out of the hands of lunatics if mental health records are made available.
Logansdad January 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I am all for the new proposals. No one is taking away your rights. You can still own a gun. You just can own one that fires rounds and rounds at a time. Just like with freedom of speach - not all speach is free.
Logansdad January 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM
When was the last time someone walked into a crowded public building and killed 10+ people with alcohol or drugs? Guns have one purpose - to kill.
Lars January 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I spell speech with two e's.....not speach. Get what you pay for right LD?
MikeK January 19, 2013 at 06:25 AM
We need a background check to own a weapon that is our right... But he does not need a background check to be the leader of our country?? Does anyone see a problem here?

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