In the wake of last month’s tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the White House has moved swiftly to address the ramifications of rampant gun violence and introduced a series of executive actions to reduce violent acts by guns Wednesday afternoon. President Barack Obama, who had already assigned Vice President Joe Biden as the chair of the anti-gun violence task force, introduced 23 executive actions, which are part of a federal gun control plan to counter this harrowing epidemic.
President Obama began his anti-gun violence speech with the following:
In the month since 20 precious children and six brave adults were violently taken from us at Sandy Hook Elementary, more than 900 of our fellow Americans have reportedly died at the end of a gun, 900 in the past month.
So I’m putting forward a specific set of proposals based on the work of Joe’s task force. And in the days ahead I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.
Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.
Chief among the President’s plans are improving upon background check loopholes to make certain guns don’t reach the hands of violent persons. Also introduced is the banning of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which hold several rounds of bullets. There is also a push to make schools safer by boosting security and other measures. Obama’s plan also calls for increasing access to mental health services.
Obama was not shy in calling out Congress to act in accordance with the policy directives, flanked by Biden and children from around the country who wrote in about what happened at Newtown, Conn.