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Obama's Plan to Curb Gun Violence in America

Obama's Plan to Curb Gun Violence in America

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The recomendations from Vice President Biden's gun control task force.
The recomendations from Vice President Biden's gun control task force.

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NOW ISTHE TIME
The President’s plan to protect our childrenand our communities by reducing gun violence
 
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Our nation has suered too much at the hands o dangerous people who useguns to commit horrifc acts o violence. As President Obama said ollowing theSandy Hook Elementary School tragedy,
“We won’t be able to stop every violentact, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, wehave a deep obligation, all of us, to try.” 
Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their gunssaely. The President strongly believes that the Second Amendment guaranteesan individual right to bear arms. But to better protect our children and ourcommunities rom tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, OakCreek, and Tucson, there are our common-sense steps we can take right now.
The PresidenT’s Plan includes:
1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns outo dangerous hands;2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacitymagazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reducegun violence;3. Making schools saer; and4. Increasing access to mental health services.While no law or set o laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the Americanpeople want action. I even one child’s lie can be saved, then we need to act.Now is the time to do the right thing or our children, our communities, andthe country we love.
 
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1. clOsinG BacKGrOund checK lOOPhOlesTO KeeP Guns OuT OF danGerOus hands
Most gun owners buy their guns legally and use them saely, whether or sel-deense, hunting, orsport shooting. Yet too oten, irresponsible and dangerous individuals have been able to easilyget their hands on rearms. We must strengthen our eorts to keep guns rom alling into thewrong hands.
reQuire BacKGrOund checKs FOr all Gun sales
The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings, like the onein Newtown, is to make sure those who would commit acts o violence cannot get access to guns. Acritical tool in achieving that goal is the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, whichwas created by the Brady Act to ensure that guns are not sold to those prohibited rom buying them,including elons and those convicted o domestic violence. Over the last 14 years it has helped keepmore than 1.5 million guns out o the wrong hands. It is able to make 92 percent o background checkdeterminations on the spot. However, too many guns are still sold without a background check andtoo many individuals prohibited rom having a gun slip through the cracks. We need to strengthenthe system by requiring every gun buyer to go through a background check and ensuring that thebackground check system has complete inormation on people prohibited rom having guns.We should:
• Require criminal background checks for all gun sales:
 
Right now, ederally licensedrearms dealers are required to run background checks on those buying guns, but studiesestimate that nearly 40 percent o all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exemptrom this requirement. A national survey o inmates ound that only 12 percent o those whoused a gun in a crime acquired it rom a retail store or pawn shop, where a background checkshould have been run. Congress should pass legislation that goes beyond just closing the “gunshow loophole” to require background checks or all rearm sales, with limited, common-senseexceptions or cases like certain transers between amily members and temporary transers orhunting and sporting purposes.
• Call on licensed dealers and private sellers to do their part through executive action:
Private sellers can already choose to sell their guns through licensed dealers so the dealer canrun a background check on the buyer, and the Administration is calling on them to do so. TheBureau o Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will send an open letter to licenseddealers giving them guidance on how best to acilitate these checks.

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