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January 15, 2013


Obama Plans Big Gun Control Package

President Obama "will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking the power of his office," the New York Times reports.

"Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest Congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible."

Roger Simon: "The gun lobby has weathered this before. It has faced public outrage over gun massacres many times. And it has its playbook ready."












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