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Posts relating to the issue of guns and gun control.

Obama And Biden Announce Plans To Tackle Gun Violence

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have announced a series of measures to tackle gun violence in the US, in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama signed a series of Executive Orders to give effect to 23 separate executive actions, including:

  • requiring background checks for all gun sales
  • strenthening the background check system
  • passing a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
  • limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets
  • ending the freeze on gun violence research
  • counsellors and emergency response plans in schools
  • mental health treatment.

Transcript of remarks by President Obama and Vice-President Biden on tackling gun violence.

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THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today.

It’s been 33 days since the nation’s heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School — 20 — 20 beautiful first-graders gunned down in a place that’s supposed to be their second sanctuary. Six members of the staff killed trying to save those children. It’s literally been hard for the nation to comprehend, hard for the nation to fathom. [Read more…]


NRA Attacks Obama As An ‘Elitist Hypocrite’

This is a video advertisement released by the National Rifle Association.

It follows Obama’s announcement today of a series of executive orders to combat gun crime in the United States.

The NRA describes Obama as an “elitist hypocrite”, comparing his policies to the armed guards provided to the president’s children. The White House described the ad as “cowardly”.



NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Proposes Armed Police In US Schools

The National Rifle Association has proposed a program to put armed police guards into all American schools.

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At an extraordinary press conference today, the Executive Vice-President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, said that it was necessary to match a “bad guy with a gun” with a “good guy with a gun”. [Read more…]


Obama Gives Biden Task Force A Month To Develop Gun Control Proposals

President Barack Obama has established an interagency task force, led by Vice-President Joe Biden, and charged it with proposing gun control measures in January.

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Obama will propose legislation to the Congress next year. He said he will act on the task force’s recommendations “without delay”. [Read more…]


Obama In Newtown: “This Cannot Go On; We Must Change”

President Barack Obama has spoken at an interfaith prayer vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, in the aftermath of the massacre of twenty children and seven adults last Friday.

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“Newtown, we are with you,” the President told the assembly. [Read more…]


What Does It Take To Get Gun Reform In The US?

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Murdoch And Turnbull Tweet About Guns

Rupert Murdoch’s tweet earlier today and Malcolm Turnbull’s reply tonight need little explanation.

Although you do have to wonder how many other shadow ministers would engage like this. Or ministers.

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