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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.

By Matthew Hendrickson, Oak Park Patch

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

We'll provide a link to the full video when one is posted.

"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?

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Tom Koz January 17, 2013 at 08:51 AM
My hand gun with a 19 round magazine has killed LESS people than Ted Kennedy's car!! What is an "assault weapon"? More peole have been murdered in the US with hammers than rifles!! Check FBI staitistics. If a firearm with more than 10 or x number of rounds makes someone more likely to be a criminal, THEN anyone with a Vagina is more likely to make the a prostiture! Should we ban Vaginas??
Downers Grove GOPer January 17, 2013 at 02:54 PM
CT has conceal carry and that did not stop a kid with an automatic weapon from killing 26 people and then himself. Conceal carry does nothing for public safety and I think hurts it because there are even more guns out in the public. How many guns will be stolen and misused after they are left on a counter in public bathroom, on a car seat, etc? Guns for the protection of the home and families should be kept in the home and have a trigger lock on all of them. If that Mom had her guns locked up that kid would not have killed her and all those at the school. This is simple for those that want more guns out there just keep them locked up for the registered owners to use when they must.
Jan January 17, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Any shop here I've been in - they actually read your FOID card and look at the pic on it before they'll even let you handle a piece. Now, if the state and counties would only do what they're supposed to do referring to the state police those who are no longer able to own. The year of the 'audit', Cook County only referred documentation on 121. There's got to be more domestic violence cases than that in a month in Chicago alone. You can't own if you've been convicted of domestic violence. With Chicago being number one on the 'hit list', this whole scenario just doesn't make any sense at all. Laws and guidelines are futile unless used and enforced.
Tom Koz January 18, 2013 at 01:44 AM
DGGOPer, you are Wrong! #1: an "automatic" weapon was NOT used in the CT killings. #2: firearm ownership has Double in last 8 years and violent crime has decreased by about 49%. #3: a locked up and/or unloaded gun is about as useful as a rock in a situation when a firearm is needed. #4: "Registration" of firearms will NOT reduce crime as criminals will not "register" their guns. WHY should I "register" my firearms? Should gays/lesbians have to "register" because aids is spread moreso in the gay community?

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