President Obama this morning announced 23 executive orders to help prevent gun violence. You can read the entire list of actions here.
Obama's orders included:
1. Toughening up the federal background check system.
2. Helping schools hire more resource officers and develop emergency preparedness plans.
3. Ordering the CDC to start researching gun violence.
4. Clarifying that doctors and therapists are allowed to report threats of gun violence.
And here's what Obama asked from Congress:
1. Pass a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun.
2. Restore the ban on assault weapons and magazines holding over 10 bullets. That would prevent massacres like Aurora, said Obama. "Weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a movie theater," he added.
3. Get tougher on gun criminals and people who helps criminals buy guns. And put more police on the streets.
Obama called his measures "common sense" and insisted he's not against gun ownership. He said emphatically that he respects the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
Posted Wed Jan 16 2013, 9:25am PST.