WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama says enough is enough and he’s taking a hard line on gun violence and clamping down on controversial weapons and who’s allowed to buy them.
The President’s plan can be broken down into four key goals:
(1) Keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
(2) Getting "weapons of war off the streets."
(3) Upgrading school safety.
(4) Improving mental health services.
But, gun advocates say they'll fight his proposals on every level.
President Obama got the ball rolling by signing 23 executive actions on gun control that don't require the approval of lawmakers. These include: ordering more federal data to be available for background checks, imposing tougher penalties on those who lie on background checks, and ending a freeze on government research on causes and prevention of gun violence.
But, he can’t do it alone.
"Congress too must act, and congress must act soon," says President Obama.
Lawmakers must now debate the President’s plan. Among his proposals:
(1) Reinstate the 1994 ban on high-grade weapons, which includes military-style assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
(2) Require universal criminal background checks on virtually every gun sale. As of now, private sellers, internet sales and classified ads make up 40 percent of transactions that don't include background checks.
(3) Create stiffer penalties for gun-trafficking. The profit will be used to train police to respond to shootings.
(4) Implement project aware, which helps professionals identify mental illness in young people and refer them for treatment.
(5) Fund research into the impact of violent video games on young minds.
“If Americans of every background stand up and say, enough, we suffered too much pain and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will -- change will come,” the President says.
Many gun supporters are saying the plan's ineffective and unconstitutional.
The National Rifle Association released this statement, “only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected by Obama's efforts and the nation's children will remain vulnerable."
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