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President Obama Calls for Universal Background Checks—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.

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 resource officers.

Repeatedly mentioning mass shootings in Newtown, CT; Clackamas, OR; and Aurora, CO, 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.”

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

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Justin Tiem January 23, 2013 at 02:28 AM
You two sound like an old married couple. Get some counseling. It's people like you two keeping up the argument that confirms why I choose to remain single. Thanks for reminding me of that.
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 23, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Sorry about that Justin! I was just trying to have an adult conversation, and see what other people thought. I'm done here though, if I wanted to be attacked and insulted if just talk to my brother. :/
BILL BRASKY January 23, 2013 at 03:31 AM
You like to stir up trouble don't you ? Your previous comments say a lot about you even if you don't use your full name .. You stated you don't own guns because you have a bad temper --- ''translation'' = You're prone to uncontrolable fits of anger and it woulde't be safe for a gun to be around you or you've had psyclogical problems in the past that prohibit you from owning guns .. And what are you afraid of = Your comments causing problems for your husband and causing huge fights within your family .. You give the answers to your own questions !! Hmmmmmmmm ?
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 23, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Bill, you are now jumping to the silly assumptions as that other guy. If you read through the comments, I,ME, NOT THE OTHER GUY, was actually trying to share my opinion about Obamas plans and ask others about theirs, and each time this person, either made a comment that was about our state laws (I can't see why it would be a response to anything I said). Then when I answered questions or tried to clarify my positions, he began to use personal attacks, to continue to avoid having an adult debate...how's that MY fault? When he stated "i know nothing about guns" I said I think I have a bad temper and don't wish to own a gun, how does that make me anything other than what I said? My husband and I get along fine, he nor I have any issues I assure you. My comments about things that can be associated with his business could reflect on him, he at times host political groups. Why should my political positions affect him, he could care less about politics, that is why I don't post my political view on Facebook. I use these forums to speak freely, and ask others what they think about things. The comment about fights with my family regarding politics, is not with my husband, but with my father, uncles, cousins etc. Do you have an opinion about what President Obama is proposing, or do you want to play "attack people for defending themselves"?
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 23, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Just so you know I don't 'cause huge fights within my family' my whole family is Republican, the scream at anyone who disagrees with their positions, even each other. I don't like that type of discourse, again, my reason for talking here, as it won't ruin relationships if you and I can't agree or get along.

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