White House gun announcement to come Wednesday
January 15th, 2013
01:05 PM ET
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White House gun announcement to come Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce “concrete” proposals to prevent gun violence at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

He will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden who led the administration's efforts to determine policy steps to take. Obama said Monday he was reviewing Biden's proposals.

"They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety along with their parents," Carney said.

Carney declined to provide details about what the proposals will include but said Obama "intends to take a comprehensive approach," including renewal of the assault weapons ban which expired after ten years in 2004, a ban of high-capacity gun magazines and closing background check loopholes.

Biden's set of proposals includes as many as 19 executive actions that Obama could take without congressional approval, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

But Carney noted "there are limits on what can be done within existing law" and said Congress would have to act on certain proposals "because the power to do that is reserved by Congress and to Congress."

President Barack Obama said at a news conference on Monday, "I expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what I think we need to do."

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a freshman Connecticut Democrat, acknowledged the forthcoming announcement earlier Tuesday. Her district includes Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children at an elementary school were among the 27 killed December 14 by a gunman who also shot and killed himself. She is vice chairwoman of an informal gun violence group appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"We are focused on a comprehensive approach that will deal with true gun safety regulations and protect the rights of responsible gun owners but also deal with mental health issues but most importantly keeping our children and our communities safe," Esty told reporters Tuesday.

Biden held a meeting with the group appointed by Pelosi on Monday, the White House said.

Obama said at the Monday news conference that the panel "presented me now with a list of sensible, common-sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at Newtown doesn't happen again."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report

Filed under: Gun control • President Obama • White House
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The headline should read: Prepare for a total right wing freakout Wednesday. I believe alot of common sense proposals can pass, but I doubt if the assault weapons ban does. Which is fine with me. Any member of Congress who is against te assault weapons ban when majority of Americans favor it will have to answer to us next November. 2014 is right around the corner. Vote wisely!

    January 15, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. GuestAgain

    I can only hope the comprehensive approach doesnt resemble in any way, shape or form the balanced approach....we know that's a pile of crap!

    January 15, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Moose

    Mr high and mighty dictating as usual, you voted for it, enjoy it, hows that job bill comming ???

    January 15, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Peace

    What a BIG TEST to anyone who is obliged to vote on measures to be taken. Those who are intending to go against, and god forbid, something bad happens in an unpredictable future, can face a huge nightmare they never dreamt of.

    January 15, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. BILL, WI

    States have the right ban assault weapons and high capacity clips and magazines, even if the Congress does nothing. There are fed laws that prohibit crossing state lines with those types of weapons and accessories so enforce those laws. There is one area open to the feds and that is create a database at the national level but which is compiled at the state and local level. All states should required to enter the data of all individuals who commit any felony, or do have a history of assaults or are mentally unstable, into the database so all states can have access to that information at any time.

    January 15, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Wilson


    Jim Steele: You are absolutely wrong. This is not about removing guns. It is about making sure we just don't sell them to anyone. I keep hearing your side refer to Chicago. You cannot buy a gun in Chicago. You can however go a few miles outside of Chicago and buy as many guns as you want. You can then go back into Chicago and sell those guns.

    Gun owners must be responsible for the gun they own. If they lose it or it is stolen it needs to be reported. If a crime is committed with a gun you own, you should be responsible. There should be a national database for checks and every gun purchase should be checked.
    Welcome to more of "1984." We have to much "Big Brother" already.

    January 15, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    We need sensible gun owner control laws. Justice Scalia gave a written opiinion when the issue of limits on the 2nd Amendment came before the SCOTUS. He indicated that the right to own a gun cannot be taken away, but the right to own any kind of weapon ever devised does not exist.

    January 15, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Like

    Those who give up their guns to protect themselves don't deserve to be free

    January 15, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. wrm

    Translation – efficacy is secondary to having the support. It's more important to do anything and get away with it than it is to propose and act on something that might actually have a measurable impact.

    This will be a bunch of feel good nonsense that was as useless as the last 'ban.'

    All hail the emperor.

    January 15, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Two Row

    CNN seems to love posting all sorts of lunacy & ugliness from the left but do you notice if you have a differing clean opinion other than the prevailing liberal lapdog media it goes unposted. Off to somewhere else that will not restrict speech.

    January 15, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. jim

    Party like it's 1984 😦

    January 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. GuestAgain

    I agree, lets round up the majoirty of minority criminals and start taking their illegal guns away.

    January 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. JL

    Obama will stand behind a group of children to take away the rights of free adult Americans. Unreal. Once again we govern ourselves by the lowest common denominator. My rights need to be limited because of the actions of mental cases? God Bless America

    January 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Seriously, Dutch?

    Au contraire, mon frere, the najority of the sheeple are NOT for infringing upon the 2nd amendment in this manner. Most, unfortunately, are for a hi cap mag ban, however.

    January 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they're so low, and they have no guns...If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium."
    -Man Coulter

    I think we've heard enough from you people. Entirely. Enough.

    January 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Jimmie Russells


    You're wrong and you should really research the topic that you're speaking about. Illinois requires gun owners to get an ID card and there are limitations to how many guns can be purchased, what kind of guns can be purchased, and how they are sold privately.

    This load of garbage that you can drive anywhere in Illinois and load up a UHaul full of guns and bring them into Chicago is absolutely inane.

    January 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. rchmdwl

    I can hear the wails from the NRA, GOP and their branded lap dogs now. There is a huge difference between having a small firearm for self-protection, if needed, and an assult weapon designed for full out war contiditons; somehow the braindead right wingers cannot understand that. Mr. President, every human being with any compassion supports you! Rip the teeth out of the NRA and kick their lap dogs to the curb.

    January 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Tom

    Stop following this stupid document written by men called "Constitution".... follow one that was 'written' by God, the Bible.

    January 15, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Al

    We need a sensable president that looks at the facts and not his crazy beliefs.

    January 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Gordo

    My bet is that the announcement will come with Obby surrounded by little kids begging for Congress to protect them from bad people with guns.
    The drama will be impressive and the Media Party will play it up for all it's worth.

    January 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Darth Vader's Mentor

    History repeats itself.....Prohibition re-visited. The Community Organizer's political Waterloo.

    January 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Al

    Impeachment is the answer.

    January 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. jerome

    President Barack Obama will announce “concrete” proposals to prevent gun violence ...

    Another quantifiable action, just like "save or create 3 to 4 million jobs".

    January 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. RandyIA

    Everything that I have seen to be proposed makes it harder for legal people to buy legal guns, in a a legal manner. It would do nothing to stop the Newtown, VT, Columbine, gang violence, armed robberies, you name it. It does 2 things, lets Gov know who has the legal guns, and stops people from being able to defend themselves if needed.

    January 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Brian

    Oh noes gun control its just like Nazi's


    January 15, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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