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President Obama's New Gun Control Plan Released Wednesday

The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to pressure Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales, ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines. Share your thoughts here.

University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT.

The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines.

Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke.

"There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we wait?" Welsch said. "President Obama announced today that he is taking bold steps to address the epidemic of gun violence in America. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress must work together to pass common-sense measures. We cannot afford to wait for more lives to be lost."

The president's proposals come after recommendations from a task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden recently led a series of meetings focused on gun reform where he met with a variety of groups, inlcuding the National Rifle Association, to gather information prior to the task force recommendations.

The president said he is calling on the changes in an effort to prevent future gun violence.

According to CNN, Obama wants background checks on all gun sales and he wants Congress to reinstate the ban on military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds for all weapons.

Obama also issued 23 executive orders that do not require congressional approval, including strengthening background checks on gun sales and expanding safety programs in schools.

What do you think about the president's proposal's? Tell us in the comment box below.

mike k January 31, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Troy Pieper does an excellent job representing district 2. I hope he is re-elected.
Philip February 01, 2013 at 02:20 AM
AR stands for Automatic Rifle, pull the trigger once and hold to empty the clip.. Semi is a shortened form of Semiautomatic, must pull the trigger for each shot. Weapon will load itself. Automatic just means pull once and empty the clip.
Philip February 01, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Actually the crime rate went up for a short period of time and has been decreasing ever since. Unfortunately with the culture of death that is going around the world gun violence is on the rise. The cause? Culture of death. Weapons of choice? AR-15, aka M-16, AK-47(Soviet style Automatic Weapon), 1911 Colt, Semi and Auto available. Does this begin to sound like a military shopping list?
Philip February 01, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Most of the weapon choices kids make today are influenced by the weapons available in video games. I have noticed that the M-16 version whichever is common to most games on the market. I also note that they are employing the Colt 1911 as a back-up weapon in those games. Military weapons are made accurate by bonding Chrome to the inside of the barrel. This talk about accuracy of military weapons verses civilian weapons is just that talk. All anyone has to do to improve performance of any weapon is to add chrome to the interior of the bore. All the chrome does is make the steel less porous to the gases produced by firing the round down the barrel. Banning Military style weapons is just that a start nothing more. Learning how to work with weapons you have takes education.
Ellisville Shopper February 01, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Pieper will never see a second term. I hear the Wednesday night TV line-up is good this season. Enjoy Troy.

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